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Invitation_to_Melbourne_cup_eve1024_1[1]INSPIRED BY GRANTS

What an inspiring event to learn of the amazing array of projects being funded by Deafness Foundation.   Additionally, we were thrilled to hear of the wonderful work of Peter Howson Award Recipient – Ms Olivia Andersen.

Grant Recipients and Educ Awardees for 2017 less KAGEWith grants being awarded to a diverse range of organisations, we were pleased to hear of the focus of these from their representatives.

The Grants included the following:

St Ives High School, NSW:  “Amplified” to provide Phonak sound field system and light system – benefitting all students.  Value $2,790.

The Shepherd Centre, NSW:  “Halfway Hear” Early Intervention Program.  Value $6,500.

Barwon Health, Vic:  “Wandarra Yarning Audiology Resource Book.  Value $6,742

Hear for You, NSW [Project in Victoria]:  Year 6 to High School Transition Program in Victoria.  Value $4,000.

KAGE Physical Theatre Association Inc, Vic:  “Out of Earshot, Within Reach – Educational Resources and Associated Activities.  Value  $4,395

MPower, Vic:  Hearing Awareness Week Community Arts Butterfly Project.  Value $4,955

Musicians for Hearing Inc, Vic:  Launch of Musicians For Hearing (M4H) online hub of hearing awareness material for musicians and gig-goers.  Value $6,170.

University of Melbourne, Vic:  Pilot Research Project – Hearing Deficits and Memory function in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.  Value $5,934.

Uniting Church of Australia – Myrtleford / Whorouly Parish, Vic:  I Can Hear Project – Provision of audio loop for use of church and community.   Value $5,000.



2017 Awardees

At the Annual Grants Presentation Evening, we were delighted to meet the recipients of the 2017 Education Encouragement Awards:  Jamie-Hannah Lane and Lauren Fox.

Jamie-Hannah Lane and Lauren Fox with Education Encouragement CertificatesJamie-Hannah is a Year 12 student at St Mary’s College for Hearing Impaired Students at Ringwood.  With plans to work in the film industry, she is planning to use her funds for a laptop to assist her with film studies.

Lauren is currently studying Outdoor Education at Federation University at Churchill has Auslan as her first language.





2016 Awardees

Cheryl, Jenny Coburn, Jordi Pullen, Karin GilliesAt our Annual General Meeting we were thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Education Encouragement Awards.

Our Secondary winner was Jordi Pullen.  Jordi is a student at Blackburn High School and is passionate about music with aspirations to be a Professional Musician.  With significant hearing loss, Jordi, in addition to his studies plays in two bands and has performed at several major events. 

He was delighted to receive this award of $2,000 which will assist in the purchase of a vibraphone which will enable him to practice keyboard percussion at home, rather than having only access at school – some way from his home in Watsonia!

The Post-Secondary Award was won by Paula Lopez who is studying a Diploma of Community Studies at Victoria University.  Born with significant hearing loss in her left side due to her mother contracting rubella during pregnancy, Paula has also a substantial loss of vision.  She has subsequently lost 50% of her hearing in her right ear.    Paula is committed to her return to studies and to making a positive difference to the community and supporting others who have been in a position similar to her.