Quota Papakura members visited The Hearing House recently to present a donation of $3,000 to the Focus Fund and outreach clinics.
Photo shows L to R: Caroline Selvaratnam and Dr Claire Green (The Hearing House), Deidre Carswell, Pam Ross and Kathleen Drummond (Quota Papakura).
Quota Papakura Club has been a loyal supporter of The Hearing House for nearly 25 years, with the connection first started by our late patron, Phil Ryall and his family.
The club is part of Quota New Zealand which is a non-profit service organisation empowering women and children, the deaf and hard of hearing, and people with speech difficulties in local communities.
The support for The Hearing House from Quota Papakura members has been mainly through fundraising for much needed resources and support services.
This has included specialised equipment and books for The Hearing House’s therapy programmes and outreach clinics, a playground for the Joyce Fisher Centre (when the centre was used as an early learning centre) and the fit-out of the Quota Counselling room.
More than $85,000 has been donated over the years, with a lot of that funding raised from Quota Papakura’s annual Antique Fairs.
All Quota Clubs in New Zealand also promote Loud Shirt Day in their areas and have donated funds through other specialised projects.
Auckland Club members have also volunteered on The Hearing House’s sibling support programme, and in the past have held an annual picnic which has given Clients/kiritaki and whānau the opportunity to meet together and make lasting connections.
Quota Papakura also funds a scholarship and study grant for Masters of Audiology students at the University of Auckland, with many of the students doing their work placement and then move on to full-time roles at The Hearing House. Past scholarship and study grant recipients include Hearing House team members Caroline Selvaratnam, Briana Putnam and Derek Hadfield.
“The Hearing House provides a vital facility for a growing number of families in Auckland and the regions north of Taupo, and we’re delighted to have been supporting their valuable work for so many years,” says Pam Ross, Quota Papakura.
“It’s wonderful that children and adults have the opportunity to access sound through the expertise and dedicated support services that The Hearing House provides, and we feel privileged to play a part in this.”
Hearing House CEO Dr Claire Green adds, “The Hearing House couldn’t do what it does without the support of its loyal funders and supporters, including Quota Papakura.
“It’s very special that some of our team members have benefited from the support of Quota
Papakura as students, and that their journey has brought them to us.”