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Queensland's Loudest Town

Congratulations Tully!

North Queensland legend, Eli, first mobilised his local community to get LOUD in 2018. 

In 2019, Eli and the residents of Tully challenged regional towns across the state to make lots of noise for children with hearing loss, and provide Tully with some genuine competition for the prestigious title of LOUDEST Queensland town.

While the competition from both Aramac and Yeppoon was fierce Tully could not be beaten, raising a staggering $13,410 to be crowned Queensland's Loudest Town and receive this magnificent framed loud shirt signed by NRL legend and Hear and Say Vice-Patron, Wally Lewis.

A big congratulations to everyone involved!

The 2020 Loudest Town competition will be open to any towns in Queensland and northern New South Wales with a population of less than 20,000 residents. For more information please contact fundraising@hearandsay.com.au. 

Read a little more about each of our 2019 competitors below.

Tully Gets LOUD for Eli

Now 23 years old, Eli was born with Down syndrome and diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of nine months. Referred to Hear and Say, Eli initially used hearing aids before receiving middle ear implants known as a Vibrant Soundbridge system at the age of 16.

In 2018 the town’s business owners and residents joined Eli for a Loud Shirt photo shoot in the main street, briefly turning Queensland’s wettest town into Queensland’s original LOUDEST town…and raising $2,218 for Loud Shirt Day in the process!

Aramac Gets LOUD for Emmy

Emmy is a remarkable young girl who inspired Aramac's entry into the Loud Shirt Day challenge to find Queensland's loudest town.

Emmy was diagnosed with a permanent, bi-lateral hearing loss shortly after being born. She was fitted with hearing aids for both ears at four months of age and in 2014 she had surgery for a cochlear implant. Up until then, her speech was almost non-existent, and she found it really hard being around other children her age whose speech was just flourishing. 

Now in Year one, and attending Aramac State School, Emmy's speech continues to improve and her confidence is blowing people away.

Yeppoon Gets LOUD for Alexis

The residents of Yeppoon rallied around Alexis and her family in their bid to be crowned Australia's loudest town.

Six year old Alexis was born severely deaf and went on to recieve two cochlear implants. Thanks to the support of her wonderful family and Hear and Say, she is an outgoing and bubbly little girl who is on par with her hearing peers in both speech and language and smashing her goals in mainstream school.