Donation exceeds targets

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Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, 725 Squadron

Danielle Lam, Commander Matthew Royals and Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Zara Fisk-Gibson with a cheque for $12,265 which is being donated to the Shepherd Centre. (photo: Unknown)
Danielle Lam, Commander Matthew Royals and Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Zara Fisk-Gibson with a cheque for $12,265 which is being donated to the Shepherd Centre.

A small contingent from 725 Squadron recently took great pleasure in presenting a cheque for $12,265 to their chosen charity.

The Shepherd Centre is a not-for-profit charity that specialises in providing early intervention to young children with hearing disabilities.

The Centre uses an integrated approach designed to provide children with the best access to sound and speech and ultimately ensure normal development of language and learning. The Shepherd Centre’s success is reflected in their graduates, 90 per cent of whom continue onto mainstream education and go on to reach their full potential.

Manager of the Wollongong Centre Ms Danielle Lam was overwhelmed with the sizeable donation.

”We are very appreciative of the continued support from 725 Squadron,” Ms Lam said.

“This donation will support families and assist them accessing the therapies that will help their children learn to listen and speak.”

The money raised by the Squadron will be used in clinical programs, ensuring that children with hearing loss will get the support that they need and helps to ensure that the growing demand for their services can be met.

Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Royals said he was proud of the relationship the Squadron has with the Shepherd Centre.

“This donation was the culmination of numerous fundraising activities over a 12 month period and satisfyingly exceeded the initial $10,000 target,” Commander Royals said. 

“I look forward to the Squadron maintaining our close relationship with the Shepherd Centre and we will be aiming to improve on this year’s efforts in 2018.”