On November 5, Hear and Say IHear Innovation (later to change to Research & Innovation) launches as a non-profit medical research organisation specialising in innovative hearing research with a neuroscience, paediatric and biotechnology focus.
Total child numbers across all centres has grown to over 200.
In October, Hear and Say becomes a member of First Voice. A small Toowoomba centre opens to meet local demand in the Darling Downs region.
July – Hear and Say obtains a grant of $2 million from the Queensland Government towards purchase of a new home. Numbers of children continue to grow, with Hear and Say now supporting more than 500 families.
August – Hear and Say announces plans to build a new global headquarters in inner Brisbane.
Her Excellency Penelope Wensley, Queensland Governor and Hear and Say Patron officially announces Hear and Say plans to build a new Global Headquarters in inner Brisbane.
October – Li Cunxin, author of Mao’s Last Dancer officially launches the Hear and Say Foundation Committee that will assist Hear and Say to raise the $10 million needed for the purchase and development of Hear and Say’s new Global Headquarters.
At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born.
The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.
Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.