Children with hearing difficulties have been empowered to reach their full potential after Enoggera Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket teamed up to support Hear and Say.
The $2000 donation will go towards their Early Intervention Program, to help fund vital assessment kits to monitor the speech and listening development of children undergoing Listening and Spoken Language Therapy.
Enoggera Masonic Lodge Secretary, Neville Dacey said the Early Intervention Program was on the Lodge’s radar because the granddaughter of a fellow member had come such a long way because of it.
“Through the support of Hear and Say, Audrey, who was born profoundly deaf, at three-years-old had the vocal skills of a five-year-old,” Neville said.
“With the right support, at the right time, children with impaired hearing can lead a normal life and have the same opportunities in life as everyone else.”
“Her (Audrey’s) quality of life has improved vastly and she will be ready for mainstream school when the time comes,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark applauded Enoggera Lodge for giving Hear and Say a hand up, to continue delivering essential services and programs that change lives.
“To stand by these children over many years, providing therapy to give them a voice and the gift of sound, aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.
“This is why we were so keen to support Enoggera Lodge with their charity work,” he said.
Photo: Margaret Dacey, Enoggera Masonic Lodge Secretary Neville Dacey, Hear and Say’s Director of Sustainability and Strategic Relations Amanda Mather, Enoggera Masonic Lodge’s Gary Golding and Fran Golding.