April 2018 SunshineCoast Daily
When Penny Phillips and Sophy Wragnell met during a Pilates class, neither one knew it would lead to a partnership to help Sunshine Coast residents with hearing loss.
Having lived with severe hearing loss for most of her adult life, Mrs Phillips received a cochlear implant four years ago. She discovered CICADA shortly after the surgery to have her implant inserted. She said while it was the best thing she ever did, the journey after having the implant turned on was tough. "It can take a good two or three years for people to learn to decipher sounds and to talk,” she said. "It's important to support their journey and that's what CICADA does.” Mrs Phillips spends a great deal of time fundraising for CICADA, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation that provides support to people to have received a cochlear implant.
SOUNDS GREAT: CICADA will benefit from a donation from Bellingham Maze's wishing well
Bellingham Maze owner Mrs Wrangell said CICADA seemed like the perfect organisation to donate a portion of the maze's wishing well money. "The original owner's son had hearing loss and so the wishing well has always provided money to Deaf Services Queensland,” MrsWrangell said. "So when Penny approached me and inquired about the possibility of donating some of the money to CICADA it seemed like a perfect fit because at the end of the day it's still helping people with hearing impairments.”
After cleaning out the well, nearly $4000 was collected, with $1000 being donated to CICADA.
Mrs Phillips said it's money that would help provide much-needed support and services on the Coast. "We plan on using some of this money to fund captioning at some events,” she said. "That's where someone comes in and types what is being said live so it's displayed on a big screen for people with hearing impairments. It doesn't come cheap, at about $250 per event, so this money is a huge help.”