Superheroes join in with loud shirts
There was colour galore as Rotorua people got loud with their attire for a great cause.
Loud Shirt Day was held yesterday, with this year’s theme being superheroes.
It is the annual appeal for The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme.
The two charities are dedicated to helping deaf children with cochlear implants and hearing aids learn to listen and speak just like their hearing peers.
The day sees schools, businesses, community groups and individuals raise money by dressing up in a loud shirt and collecting donations from participants.
St Mary’s Catholic School pupil and Young Vinnies leader Tara Ronayne, 10, said it was great to see her peers in their loud shirts because Loud Shirt Day had a lot of meaning.
She said Young Vinnies tried to do something every term to help someone out.
Fellow Young Vinnies leader Molly Bradley, 10, has a hearing aid herself. She said it was cool to have the school supporting the unique cause.
Sheryl Todd, St Mary’s Catholic School Young Vinnies co-ordinator and Room 1 teacher, said it was a fun way to raise money.
“This is a way for us to help others and not just think of ourselves.”
The pupils of Room 1 all agreed that they had enjoyed Loud Shirt Day. The school raised about $360.
Rotorua Intermediate Room H5 teacher Susan Bentley said it was the school’s second year taking part in Loud Shirt Day.
She said she challenged the school about four weeks ago to learn a song in sign language, which they also did last year.
This year’s song was Easy by Stan Walker.
Bentley said a video was played at a school assembly, Take It showing the cochlear journey for a young baby and the school signed the song to the guests. Guests included Pixie Neame who is a deaf support teacher and sign language teacher, and Bentley’s daughter Katie Flay, whose daughter Eva Chadwick, 2, has two cochlear implants. She said there were a mixture of superhero and loud shirts, and $432 was raised for the cause. Loud Shirt Day co-ordinator Ankita Luthra said these children were among the many true superheroes, of all kinds, across the country.
Room 1 at St Mary’s Catholic School gets colourful with their bright shirts for Loud Shirt Day, with Molly Bradley, 10 (front left), and Tara Ronayne, 10 (front right).