Friday October 21 is Loud Shirt Day and Port Augusta has a great chance to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf children.
The major annual fundraiser encourages people to wear their brightest and ‘loudest’ clothes to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf children.
Hearing loss is the most common congenital birth defect, with 3 out of every 1000 babies born diagnosed with a hearing impairment or deafness.
Almost all of these children – 92 percent - are born to hearing parents.
Not-for-profit organisation the Cora Barclay Centre is urging all South Australians to get behind Loud Shirt Day to help deliver vital services to thousands of local deaf or hearing impaired children.
Cora Barclay Centre Chief Executive Officer Michael Forwood said the brighter and more outrageous the shirt the better.
“It’s a great excuse to wear your brightest clothes and raise some much needed money,” he said.
“Or just wear something extra loud on the day and encourage others to do the same.
“This year is Cora Barclay Centre’s 70th year of helping hearing impaired children, so we’re really hoping the community will get behind us to raise $70,000 in South Australia.”
The public’s support will help give deaf children sound and speech, with all funds from Loud Shirt Day in South Australia going to the Cora Barclay Centre.
The Centre aims to teach deaf children to listen, speak and communicate with the world, opening doors to better education and future employment opportunities for them.
The Centre’s early intervention program has been delivering outcomes for severely and profoundly deaf children in SA for more than 70 years.
It provides a range of services for children, all of whom are fitted with hearing aids, cochlear implants or other listening devices.
Loud Shirt Day was created in South Australia 16 years ago and has now spread across Australia, New Zealand and more recently into the UK and North America.
In South Australia, the day has so far raised more than $500,000 and nationally more than $3 million.
To donate, head to http://corabarclay.com.au/support-us/donate/.