Premier dresses down to raise funds for Telethon

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Mark McGowan has swapped his usual shirt and tie for a louder look to help raise awareness of hearing loss in children for Telethon Speech and Hearing’s Loud Shirt Day fundraiser.

The Premier today presented a cheque to Loud Shirt Day ambassadors JJ, 13, who has two cochlear implants, and six-year-old Aiden, a student in the specialised language program, Talkabout.

Loud Shirt Day encourages schools, businesses, families and individuals to wear their loudest shirts to spread the message that through early detection, children with hearing loss can learn to hear and speak.

Loud Shirt Day 2020 is Friday and funds raised support Telethon Speech and Hearing in WA and similar organisations nationally.

Camera IconWA Premier Mark McGowan with one of the 2020 Ambassadors JJ Camp. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

“Telethon Speech and Hearing provides a crucial service to young Western Australian’s and their families,” Mr McGowan said.

“I encourage everyone to get behind this incredibly worthy cause by wearing their loudest shirt this Friday.”

Telethon Speech and Hearing chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick said the support of all Western Australians was critical for helping children to hear and speak.

“For over 50 years Telethon Speech and Hearing has been empowering children and their families through the ability to speak, hear, connect and learn,” he said.

WA Premier Mark McGowan dresses in his best threads for Loud Shirt Day 2020.
Camera IconWA Premier Mark McGowan dresses in his best threads for Loud Shirt Day 2020. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

“We are there for thousands of families who need our support across WA.

“And for as much as we teach children, they teach us that through early detection anything is possible.”

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