Closing the Gap on Indigenous Children's Ear Health
We recently met with our Community Giving Fund recipient Earbus Foundation of Western Australia during their visit to Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School in Bunbury.
Earbus Foundation of Western Australia provides mobile ear health clinics to Indigenous children across Western Australia. Through our Community Giving Fund, we have provided a grant that has supported Earbus Foundation to visit south-west Western Australia schools for the first time.
Paul Higginbotham, CEO Earbus Foundation of Western Australia said on average, Indigenous children suffer from middle ear disease for 32 months of the first five years of life, which can impact their ability to learn and achieve their full potential.
"The grant from Aurizon will make sure that Aboriginal children don't just get screened but actually get the treatment they need to be well.
"Aurizon's generous support for our South-West Earbus Program is very exciting news for us and for the Aboriginal children, families and communities we support. Untreated ear disease often results in an avoidable hearing loss which can make schooling very difficult, if not impossible," said Paul.
With a strong workforce in the region and trains running through the community each day, we are always looking for opportunities to make a difference in the communities we live and work in.
Since 2011, our Community Giving Fund has supported more than 300 worthwhile charities and projects across the areas of Community Safety, Education, Environment and Health & Wellbeing.
Applications for the latest round of our Community Giving Fund close on 27 April 2018. Visit the Community Giving Fund page for more information on eligibility requirements and the application process.