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VALUE-ADDED: Ear Science Institute Australia events and fundraising manager Laura Kazmirowicz (centre) with Gift of Hearing Committee members (from left) Tim Cooper, Erin Wilberforce, John Toll, and Adam Zorzi. Photo: Annaliese Frank

Relationships building the bank

A SMALL group of businesspeople dedicated to helping hearing impaired Western Australians have discovered that their time and passion, and ability to build relationships, are valuable commodities in the not-for-profit sector.

The Gift of Hearing Committee was established in 2012 as a part of the Ear Science Institute Australia’s annual Gift of Hearing Appeal.

The committee, made up of six young professionals from a range of backgrounds, aims to raise enough money each year to allow two people with severe hearing impairment the chance to each receive an implantable device to restore their hearing.

The two implantable devices are donated on an annual basis, one each by Cochlear Ltd and Med-El Hearing Implants, with the committee raising the funds to cover the surgical and other associated costs.

While the committee’s fundraising goals are the main reason it was established, ESIA trustee John Schaffer also recognised the opportunity to give young people an immersive experience in the NFP sector.

Committee chair Tim Cooper told WA Business News the challenge of fundraising was rewarding on a number of levels.

“I’ve learned that the donation of your time is just as valuable as the donation of money,” Mr Cooper said.

“Our committee is made up of young professionals still establishing themselves in their respective careers, so being able to learn from industry and business leaders while giving back with our time, is a unique opportunity.”

Other committee members are Anitra Robertson, Adam Zorzi, John Toll, Erin Wilberforce and Michelle Alexander.

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