Weddin Whispers: Help a child hear the world

HEARING AIDS: In April 2019 I received an email from former resident Daryl Rudd who now lives in the Philippines, requesting assistance in collecting used hearing aids.

Daryl, who is a life member of the RSL in Angeles City, assists with weekly raffles at certain bars and sporting events to raise money of which 100% raised goes towards medicines, wheelchairs and hearing aids for kids between ages of 2-12 years.

They have many nurses and doctors from Australia, Philippines, USA and other nations volunteering their time and effort to assist the RSL in their medical missions held on the first Saturday morning each month in different Barangays (districts) around Angeles City and Subic Bay. Often up to 1000 kids will be in attendance.

During these missions they find kids who require hearing aids, special wheelchairs, special surgeries such as cleft lips, clubbed feet and other disease that require urgent assistance. Daryl was and still is asking kindly if anyone in the Grenfell district may have any used hearing aids they no longer need. The local Hensonville Hearing Clinic re-tunes and refurbishes the hearing aids which are then given to deserving less fortunate children following testing. This week I received another email and photo from Daryl saying "Thanks very much for your kind assistance with organizing hearing aids that were no longer used in the Grenfell community. I am sending this email as an example of what good deeds come to fruition and give a new refreshing outlook on life for young deserving children.

I remember seeing this young lady when we did an RSL medical mission late last year and knew immediately we could assist her. Giving a child like this a chance is very rewarding and once again I thank you and Terry and the wonderful Grenfell and District community for getting together and donating old/used hearing aids."

Razzell Paulino lost 95 percent of her hearing at the age of just one year after both ear drums were damaged due to a water borne disease in her remote province of Samar.

Peter Renton said "Owing to the Covid virus lockdown the patient little girl has endured a further 3 months wait. Finally, I took them to the hearing clinic where she excitedly received her device. Within seconds of fitment, her face lit up and her mum began to cry. It doesn't get much better than that for us. Sad to say, only her left ear was suitable for a hearing aid and functioning well enough to accept the moulding but....that one device will change his little girl's life."

If anyone has unwanted hearing aids, please contact me and I will only be too happy to collect them from you. Daryl comes home to Grenfell often to visit his mother Marie.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Daniel Fanning celebrated his birthday on July 18. The family enjoyed a trip to the Rabbit Trap Hotel at Albert for lunch in his freshly detailed Calais. They had a lovely day with a cool crew of car collectors.

LOOKING BACK: Gai Hoban nee Spies posted a photo of Amy Brown on Facebook. Gai posted: "thought you might like this great photo memory of our wonderful eccentric Amy Brown. To all you beautiful Grenfell people -.who remembers our very own famous Amy Brown?" to which so many people have responded. As many of you know, Amy with her wheelbarrow and her dogs was the unofficial leader of the procession for many years. Following is an article in Weddin Whispers in 2014:

AMY'S COLOURFUL RESTING PLACE: A big thank you toCraig Johnson and Kate Eppelstun whose great idea reached fruition on Wednesday August 14 2014 on the anniversary of Amy Brown's death on August 14 1990 aged 87 years. Through Facebook Craig and Kate opened a bank account to raise funds to have a headstone erected over Amy's grave. The response was outstanding and with the wonderful assistance of Don and Karen Blue from Penrose Funerals, Amy's colourful headstone was unveiled. Craig welcomed all to the unveiling and said it was wonderful to see so many locals in attendance, he thanked Don and Karen for their contribution to their project. A wonderful and colourful resting place for Amy.

WARWICK ARMSTRONG: The death occurred of Warwick Armstrong at Greenwich Hospital on July 7. Warwick who had been in palliative care for two weeks had been fighting melanoma for some years. He is mourned by his wife Jan, his sons Chad and Ryan, their families and his brother Justyn. Friday summer evenings would find the extended family at Shelly Beach for running to Queenscliff, and swimming events. Chad and Ryan are successful triathletes. The eulogy was conducted by Chad Armstrong, and an open mike session was held for friends to speak. Justyn will miss him dearly.