Shirts aid deaf children
A contingent of Motueka’s professionals wore colourful shirts on Friday to support Loud Shirt Day – the fundraiser for Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme.
Funds raised nationally help deaf children all over New Zealand learn to listen and to talk like their hearing friends.
Organiser Mary Wilson said Loud Shirt Day had been an annual celebration in her previous job and she wanted to continue the tradition.
In addition she had always had a fear of going deaf and she supported the charity because it was for young children.
Colleague Judy Lamberts said it was good to support a charity for children which flew under the radar and was not well known.
Mary said Milnes Beatson also challenged staff in the town’s two other accounting firms and local law offices to don colourful attire for the day.
Their efforts, and the sale of cupcakes, raised $160.
Loud and clear: Milnes Beatson staff, from left, Mary Wilson, Grant Inglis, Jesse Henricksen, Judy Lamberts, Melissa Allen and John Murphy, are dressed for Friday’s Loud Shirt Day.