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Triple Impact Day: Ensuring Babies Born Deaf Don’t Wait

For the second year running, the extraordinary Hear and Say community rose to the challenge of raising funds to ensure babies born deaf don’t wait for the services that are critical for their development.

From all pockets of Queensland and beyond came passionate individuals, families, businesses and community groups, all digging deep through generous donations and helping to spread awareness far and wide about Hear and Say’s Triple Impact Day.

At the official close of the 24-hour campaign, the live tally had clocked over $335,436 in donations.

“The community has always been the backbone of our organisation, and we are once again absolutely blown away by the generosity of so many in helping us continue to deliver our life-changing and world-class hearing services,” said Hear and Say CEO, Chris McCarthy.

“Whether it was making a gift via the website or spreading the word via social media, it all makes a true difference as we work to give babies born deaf timely and effective support to ensure they can live life to their full potential.”

Abby is one such baby, who was born in the middle of last year’s pandemic and soon after diagnosed with hearing loss. Her parents Yuliya and Joel were rocked by the news, their worries heightened by the impact of coronavirus and the added pressure of living away from family –until they found Hear and Say.

“There were a million steps, and it was hard to keep track of all the people, the appointments and trying to figure out what exactly her diagnosis was. We didn’t know what half these things were for. Thankfully, we found our way to Hear and Say and haven’t turned back,” said Joel.

With the donation page remaining open for tax-deductible gifts until 30 June 2021, the fundraising total – and the touching comments left by donors – continues to grow.

Thank you to the generosity of our matched donors who ensured all donations made during the campaign period were tripled, including:

  • Count Charitable Foundation
  • d+k active
  • Dalwood-Wylie Foundation
  • Dredge family
  • Stan & Maureen Duke Foundation
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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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