“Sound gives me the freedom to follow my dreams and not be limited by my hearing loss (except I can’t sing but that one’s on me). This is all thanks to Hear and Say and their incredible team who gave me the gift of learning to hear and speak.”
Katie’s first foray into Loud Shirt Day was in 2019 – particularly fitting as it marked 20 years since she first heard sound through her cochlear implant. Through online fundraising and hosting a Loud Shirt Day at work, Katie beat her personal target to raise over $2,100 for Hear and Say.
“Across three ICONIC offices, my colleagues wore their brightest shirts, not only raising money for Hear and Say but also vying for the ‘Loudest Outfit’ prize. There was also pizza and photoshoots involved, so it was a big hit!” said Katie.
Having recently relocated back to her hometown of Brisbane, Katie is excited to get settled into a new job and rally together even more people to get loud in support of children with hearing loss.
“It’s more important than ever this year to show our support for Hear and Say, and all donations, no matter how small or big, will help deaf children to live in a world full of possibilities, just like me. I know it works first-hand and without the early intervention I received from Hear and Say, I wouldn’t have the freedom to follow my dreams and be as independent as I am now.”