Locals urged to recycle hearing aids for children’s charity

Breanna RedheadBusselton Dunsborough Times
Saoirse, 9, Connor, 3, and Soren O'Shea, 11, were killed in a car accident in Denmark in 2013.
Camera IconSaoirse, 9, Connor, 3, and Soren O'Shea, 11, were killed in a car accident in Denmark in 2013. Credit: Facebook

Nine years on from the horrific car accident that killed three Pemberton children, Advanced Hearing WA is ramping up donations to the help children in need.

The 2013 incident claimed the lives of Soren, Saoirse and Connor O’Shea, whose short but impactful lives inspired the Three Musketeers Children’s Fund.

With an aim to “improve the lives of disadvantaged and orphaned children in underdeveloped countries”, one of the charity’s initiative includes donating unused hearing aids to those hard of hearing in these developing communities, largely inspired by eldest of the three children, Soren, who was born deaf.

While the Busselton clinic has been a contributor to the charity for some years, communications officer Candance Guile said very few people know they can contribute their old implants.

“It’s something we’ve been doing for a long time, we’re pretty passionate about it but it’s something only our existing clientele are aware of,” she said.

“We want to let people know that their old implants can be immensely valuable to people who don’t have access to these things.”

Given the “older population” of Busselton, she said a lot of the donations they receive come from community members who have passed and want to inform people of how their old belongings can improve the lives of others.

The Advance Hearing WA clinic is located on Queen Street and accepting donations during office hours.

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