Nikki  Shadwell 

This year our ‘Loud Shirt Day’ fundraiser is a family fun trivia night to be held at our   local function centre. We have planned entertainment for the children and trivia for the adults. We are planning a night the whole family can attend. We are aiming to raise $10,000 for Hear and Say through raffles, donations, cupcake sales and a possible auction at the end of the night. We have been overwhelmed by the support of our local community organisations and without their donations, our fundraiser would not be all that it is. Our major sponsors so far are Tangalooma Island Resort, Caboolture Sports Club and Mark Ryan MP, just to name a few. Our night is about raising awareness about the wonderful things that Hear and Say does for ours and many other local families. We would like to educate our community about hearing loss and help reduce any stigma that may go with it. We became a Hear and Say family about 2 years ago; our daughter Emelia was diagnosed at 6 weeks old with a Moderately- Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Emelia has worn her pink hearing aids since she was 12 weeks old. Since then we have celebrated Loud Shirt Day with our family, friends, daycare and workplaces raising money through BBQ’s, morning tea and online campaigning.  We are so excited to see what Emelia’s future holds, with the support of Hear and Say all our initial worries around her diagnosis are gone. For more information on our fundraiser - or Email:

Barry Bull 


Concert for Archie…hosted by Barry Bull and Friends.
Our grandson Archer was born October 2014, with seriously impaired hearing which was a shock to our family. What could be done to ensure our grandson’s future? The day that Archer received his Cochlear implants was the day his hearing, listening and speaking future began. He is now 30 months old and his progress is amazing, not missing a moment of everyday learning, and his social skills and personality are simply endearing. Archer’s family are so grateful for the wonderful support Hear and Say provide, giving the gift of sound and speech to hearing impaired children.  The gift of sound is something most take for granted, however, when it’s denied, has a profound personal consequence particularly when it affects one of your own.  As a grandparent, I could do more. I have a 50 year career attachment to the music industry. To celebrate Archer’s remarkable story and to champion the work Hear and Say perform, I host an annual Loud Shirt Day fundraiser event to the sunshine coast community and perform a concert, The gift of sound to raise awareness and support for deaf kids.   Our next Loud Shirt Day fundraising event Concert for Archie, is Sunday afternoon August 27th 2017, Mooloolaba Surf Club. To book tickets visit

Natasha and Marc Kenney 

Since I can remember, there has always been a social aspect to my corporate life and professional career. The very first charity I was actively involved in supporting was Hear and Say back in 1996 with my employer Thiess. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then including getting married and becoming a father. Tash and I are the parents of 2 children Amelie and Xavier born in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Amelie’s birth was no different to a great deal of other children – what she didn’t know and what we were to find out was that she was born profoundly deaf. After hearing this news we reached out to Hear and Say who welcomed us with open arms. Their guiding hand and nurturing environment have seen Amelie excel in speech and comprehension which has been like watching a dream come true for both Tash and myself. When Amelie’s brother Xavier was born we were hoping for the best but quietly prepared for the worst. We now have both of our children enrolled at Hear and Say. 

Loud Shirt Day is a fun and effective way to raise money and most importantly awareness for Hear and Say. As the Managing Director of Mettle I am very focused in making sure that our company has a social agenda. Raising money on Loud Shirt day brings our business, its suppliers, subcontractors and clients, together for a common purpose. Mettle is proud to be part of Loud Shirt day again in 2017.

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