The far-reaching legacy built by community group, Quota International of Wynnum Manly Inc. has become a rich thread in the Hear and Say story.
From Hear and Say’s earliest times, Quota Wynnum Manly members were there, including advocating for universal newborn hearing screening in hospitals and organising events to raise urgent funds for local families impacted by hearing loss.
Club Treasurer, Yvonne Spanner fondly recalled those early days of fundraising for Hear and Say, which saw members walking the streets of Wynnum seeking prize donations from local businesses, for what would go onto become a renowned annual auction.
“We ran a very small auction that first year, and what kept us going was that when we went over to Hear and Say to present the cheque, we saw all the children and what a difference even a small donation could make – we couldn’t not do it again!” said Yvonne.
Yvonne and her granddaughter also spent many hours over the years lining up to have prize items signed by the Brisbane Broncos, to appeal to the eager NRL fans in their local community.
It’s this passionate dedication typified amongst the Club members that has turned a simple annual fundraiser for Hear and Say into a community event not to be missed, with members raising an extraordinary $185,000 since 1993.
“The auction just seemed to take off, and now people come from far and wide to attend and show their support,” said Kay Voltz, another long-term member of the Club.
“We have been delighted to see firsthand the impact of this work whenever we visit Hear and Say, and it’s wonderful to feel that we’re valued, and what we’re doing is worthwhile and means a lot to people.”
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