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Wanted! Loud support for kids in Melbourne with deafness

NextSense 2 mins read
Nicholas Crivelli


  • 20 October kicks off Loud Shirt Day across Australia.
  • Australia’s major hearing loss charities combine their efforts to make Loud Shirt Day a big deal on the national fundraising calendar for deaf children.
  • It’s all about wearing your wackiest shirt to increase community awareness about hearing loss and raise critically important funds for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing – people can sign up today to take part and raise money right up until the end of the year.
  • It’s an extra-special day for Melbourne’s iconic Italian supermarket, La Manna.
  • Grandson of the store’s founder, Nicholas Crivelli, is nearly five and was born with severe hearing loss.
  • La Manna is spearheading the community Loud Shirt Day campaign in Melbourne.
  • 4 year old Nicholas’s mum, Stefanie La Manna, says Nicholas has a disability that people just can’t see until they notice his hearing aids. “I was just the same. In my mind I thought deafness and hearing aids were about the elderly,” she says.
  • “NextSense has helped Nicholas and our entire family so much. Acting early makes the world of difference to speech and language development. NextSense organises expert teams to coordinate all the therapies caring for each child.
  • The La Manna family and store wants to do as much as they can to give back to NextSense. That’s why we are fundraising for NextSense on 20 October so this life-changing organisation can reach out to more children.”
  • You can help Nicholas and his family raise funds. Just google NextSense Loud Shirt Day to sign up or donate directly to

About Loud Shirt Day

Loud Shirt Day helps all children access life-changing support, including children who don’t have NDIS funding. NextSense and other hearing loss charities campaign to raise vital funds for children with hearing loss on Loud Shirt Day and raise awareness about the importance of acting early when children have hearing loss. NextSense depends on donations to fund support programs and essential equipment like baby playgroups and small group activities, specialised equipment, family and therapist workshops, community outreach so families needing help can find our services as early as possible, and to promote inclusion and understanding.

About NextSense

About us:

NextSense, formerly the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, is a 163-year-old not-for-profit organisation providing services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or with low vision across Australia. We work with children, adults and their families to create individual programs of care or education that meets their unique needs. A registered NDIS provider we are committed to helping people with hearing and vision loss redefine what’s possible on their own terms. With the support of your generous donations, NextSense is a world leader in research and professional education in our field. We provide more cochlear implants than any other service in Australia.

Contact details:

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