Hear­ing’s 50th sweet for cou­ple

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By GIOVANNI TORRE

TELETHON Speech and Hear­ing in Wem­b­ley cel­e­brate its 50th an­niver­sary to­day.

It is an es­pe­cially happy oc­ca­sion for Michael and Jenny Pit­t­away, who met at the cen­tre as chil­dren not long af­ter it was founded.

Michael said he met his fu­ture wife at the cen­tre in 1969, when it was in West Perth.

“In 1975 I moved to the same school as her – at Wem­b­ley. In 1978 I went to Servite Col­lege from Speech and Hear­ing Cen­tre,” he said.

In 1992, the child­hood sweet­hearts mar­ried.

“We have two boys – both hear­ing,” said Michael. “In Oc­to­ber we will cel­e­brate our 25th an­niver­sary.”

Michael’s father, Gra­ham Pit­t­away, is a life mem­ber of Telethon Speech and Hear­ing and the fam­ily has a long and revered as­so­ci­a­tion with the cen­tre.

Telethon Speech and Hear­ing has spent the past 50 years help­ing en­rich the lives of chil­dren and fam­i­lies with hear­ing, speech and lan­guage im­pair­ments.

This morn­ing, new chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Fitz­patrick wel­comed peo­ple to a 50th An­niver­sary break­fast to hon­our the cen­tre’s his­tory and cel­e­brate its achieve­ments.

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Jenny and Michael Pit­t­away are halfway to cel­e­brat­ing the same mile­stone as Telethon Speech and Hear­ing.

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