725 Squadron donates $10K to help children hear and speak

Published on LEUT Michael Grant (author), LCDR Craig Castle (photographer)

Location(s): Wollongong, NSW

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, The Shepard Centre

ABATV Zara Fisk-Gibson, LCDR Sam Dale, POATV Aaron Little, Danielle Lam and ABATV Braedon McGuinness present The Shepherd Centre with a cheque for $10,300. (photo: LCDR Craig Castle)
ABATV Zara Fisk-Gibson, LCDR Sam Dale, POATV Aaron Little, Danielle Lam and ABATV Braedon McGuinness present The Shepherd Centre with a cheque for $10,300.
As 2018 came to an end, 725 Squadron celebrated a big year of fundraising by donating more than ten thousand dollars to help children with hearing disabilities.
 
The Squadron’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Sam Dale was joined by a small contingent of 725’s officers and sailors in presenting the funds to The Shepherd Centre – a philanthropic gesture that was particularly meaningful to everyone involved.
 
The Shepherd Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in providing early intervention to young children with hearing disabilities, using an integrated approach designed to provide the best access to sound and speech programs and ultimately ensure normal development of language and learning.
 
The centre has had great success with its programs, with ninety per cent of its graduates continuing onto mainstream education and go on to reach their potential.
 
CEO of the Shepherd Centre, Doctor Jim Hungerford, said the money raised by 725 Squadron would help the centre meet the growing demand for its services and would ensure that children with hearing loss in the local area would get the support they needed.
 
“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of 725 Squadron,” Doctor Hungerford said.
 
“The continuous fundraising and donations made over the years enable us to continue our vital work for children with hearing loss in the Wollongong region and beyond.
 
“Whether it used to help upgrade our facilities, buy new audiology equipment or ensure every child that requires our services gets the help they need, every dollar makes a difference.
 
“A big thank you goes to 725 Squadron from the children, family and staff of The Shepherd Centre,” Doctor Hungerford said.