Friday October 21, 2016 is Loud Shirt Day – a major annual fundraiser when people are encouraged to wear their brightest and ‘LOUDEST’ clothes to help give the gift of sound and speech to hard-of-hearing and deaf children. Loud Shirt Day was created in South Australia 16 years ago and has now spread across Australia, New Zealand and more recently into the UK and North America.
Hearing loss is the most common congenital birth defect, with 3 out of every 1000 babies born diagnosed with a hearing impairment or deafness. Early intervention is vital and benefits children’s development in speech, language and psycho-social skills.
Everyone who wants to can get involved by making a donation to the Cora Barclay Centre and showing off their best loud outfits – the brighter and more outrageous the better.
“It’s a great excuse to wear your brightest clothes and raise some much needed money”, says Cora Barclay Centre Chief Executive Officer Michael Forwood. “Or just wear something extra loud on the day and encourage others to do the same. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or Hawaiian shirts, as long as your outfit has colour and pizzazz, it will be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.”
The idea is to create awareness in a fun way.
And of course –
“DON’T forget to share photos of yourself with the hashtag #LoudShirtDay to let everyone know how easy and fun it is to be involved!” Mr Forwood emphasised.
Read more on the official site: Loud Shirt Day