Su­per­heroes join in with loud shirts

Rotorua Daily Post - - OUR PEOPLE - Shauni James shauni.james@nzme.co.nz

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.

PHOTO / BEN FRASER

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).

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