Loud Shirt Day raises funds for Hear and Say Centre
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.