Resounding suppor t for loud shir ts
He may not always hear what you say.
But Evan Huang is going to make sure you notice him this Friday.
The three- year- old and his classmates at the Hearing House preschool in Greenlane have been busy painting shirts for Loud Shirt Day.
The event is the annual fundraiser for the house and the cochlear implant programme – charities which teach deaf children with cochlear implants how to listen and speak.
People around the country are encouraged to wear bright shirts and donate towards helping children like Evan receive auditory- verbal therapy.
The organisations rely on donations and need to make around $ 120,000 a year to keep their services going.
“ It’s a chance to obliterate the dull and gray in the office and it’s just heaps of fun,” says Hearing House development manager Tara Young.
“ We raised $ 70,000 last year and we are hoping to double that this year.”
Proceeds are used for auditory- verbal therapy, where children receive oneon- one tutoring to develop listening and speaking skills.
The lessons help them to catch up on learning time lost before they received their cochlear implants and reach the level of other children.
Coclear implants are electronic devices inserted behind the ear which stimulate the auditory nerve.
Children begin attending the house at preschool level and continue until they go to school.
Hearing House preschool teacher Kaye Annabell says Loud Shirt Day is a great experience for the children.
“ They are really loving painting their shirts and they are getting very excited,” she says.
For more information visit www. loudshirtday. co. nz or phone the Hearing House on 579- 2333.
Hear ing House preschool pupils Evan Huang, 3, front, and back from left: Yuan Tsai, 4, Olivia Greenfi eld, 5, and Poppy Mann, 4, have been making t- shir ts in preparation for Loud Shir t Day this Fr iday.