Loud Shirt Day raises funds for Hear and Say Cen­tre

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PROSER­PINE State High School stu­dents joined forces with Quota In­ter­na­tional of Whit­sun­day to hold Loud Shirt Day, an ini­tia­tive which aims to raise funds for the Hear and Say Cen­tre to help deaf chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

Stu­dents jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to wear their loud­est and bright­est shirts to school for a gold coin dona­tion.

The pro­gram was pre­sented by Penny Ter­rill and co-or­di­nated by the school nurse Karen Dachs with Whit­sun­day Hear­ing au­di­ol­o­gist Sue Tuck do­nat­ing 10 free hear­ing screen­ing vouch­ers, for stu­dents who may be at risk of hear­ing loss to use.

In ad­di­tion to Loud Shirt Day, Quota also ran the Lis­ten up and Turn it Down pro­gram which aims to ed­u­cate youth about the dan­gers of loud mu­sic and the long term ef­fects it can have on their hear­ing.

Quota di­rec­tor Bar­bara Kin­sey said it was the sec­ond year Quota had got to­gether will staff of Proser­pine State High School to or­gan­ise the event.

“Quota is very pas­sion­ate about help­ing deaf chil­dren and their fam­i­lies but we also feel there is a need to get the word out to younger peo­ple about how easy it is to cause long term dam­age to their hear­ing,” she said.

“We have aimed this pro­gram par­tic­u­larly at Year 8 stu­dents in hope that they will turn their loud mu­sic down, es­pe­cially their iPod.”

Ms Dachs said some in­for­ma­tion about dan­ger­ous sounds were also in­cluded in the school news­let­ter.

SHIRT FUNDRAISER: Proser­pine State High School stu­dents Char­lie Bell, Seren­ity Thomas, Ayla Hadley, Marissa Oliver, Dean Bobak, school nurse Karen Dachs, Quota In­ter­na­tional of the Whit­sun­day Coast mem­ber Mar­garet Roberts, Amee Bren­nan, Dakota Hadley, Kait­lyn Stephen and Reanna Lau­ris­ton cel­e­brated Loud Shirt Day last Tues­day.

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