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Grant unlocks potential for more children across Queensland

A four-layer rainbow cake, bunches of balloons, and joyful guests: they’re the hallmarks of a great event, but this week in particular, they formed part of the celebrations for a very special announcement at Hear and Say. 

Special guests, families and staff gathered on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 as Gary Mark, CEO of Hand Heart Pocket, the Charity of Freemasons Queensland announced a grant for $500,000 to Hear and Say.

This transformational gift will support Hear and Say to help cover the funding gap to deliver critical early intervention services, empowering more Queensland children who are deaf or hard of hearing to reach their full learning potential.

The funding has come at a critical time to help cover Hear and Say’s funding gap, as the full financial impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out later this year evolves.

Among the guests at Tuesday’s grant announcement was Hear and Say Vice-Patron and rugby league legend, Wally Lewis whose daughter Jamie-Lee Lewis was one of the first children to be supported by Hear and Say.

“It’s amazing to think just how many families will be touched by this significant contribution,” said Wally.

“Our daughter, Jamie-Lee is living proof that it is possible for deaf children to go on to lead a typical life and take on whatever they put their mind to.”

As an independent charity founded by the Freemasons of Queensland, Hand Heart Pocket helps in areas of state-wide and local need that have limited access to other funding, working with charities to identify and fund initiatives that have real, life-changing potential.

“We are extremely grateful for this funding from Hand Heart Pocket, which is vital in continuing to deliver the essential listening and spoken language therapy required to enable a child to hear, speak and live to their potential,” said Hear and Say CEO, Chris McCarthy.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Hand Heart Pocket to continue delivering critical early intervention programs.










Maia’s Story

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.

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