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The Shepherd Centre launches 2016 tax appeal calling for increased regional support

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The Shepherd Centre, a NSW-based chilldren's charity helping deaf and hearing impaired children learn to listen and speak, launched their 2016 tax appeal campaign urging Australians to remember the needs of deaf and hearing impaired children when planning their end of financial year donations.

The fundraising campaign aims to raise $300,000 to help provide support services for rural and remote families. A key focus of The Shepherd Centre's recently announced five year plan called 'Sound Future' will be on expanding the organisation's teleintervention programs to be able to better support families located outside the major metro areas. 

Currently only 50% of children with hearing loss in NSW are being supported by specialised early intervention services. Many people don’t realise it costs $18,000 per child per year to provide these services and The Shepherd Centre relies heavily upon fundraising and donations to support the more than 470 Australian families who turn to them for help each year.

The Shepherd Centre’s world leading teleintervention and outreach specialist therapy gives parents the skills and confidence to help their children enter mainstream schools with speech and listening abilities on par with - and sometimes above - their hearing peers.

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