The Sydney-based Happiness Movement charity, created by Vividwireless and its general manager, Claude Brown (as covered originally here, with an update on the finalists here) has received the most number of Facebook votes from the public and will be awarded $10,000 towards its latest project that aims to bring music into the lives of hearing impaired children.
The Happiness Movement says it is "proud to award $10,000 to The Shepherd Centre’s project, bringing joy and happiness into the lives of deaf children and their families through its ‘Magical Music’ therapy programme".
We are told this incentive "is designed to provide a creative, interactive learning environment to help improve children’s communication through rhythm, melody and song".
The Shepherd Centre has been assisting deaf and hearing impaired children since 1970 to improve their quality of life.
The organisation is recognised as a world leader in the field of early intervention Auditory-Verbal Therapy, providing families with assistance to develop their child’s spoken language. The Shepherd Centre aims to assist hearing impaired children reach their potential and fully participate in the wider community.
Brown said: “I’m thrilled to be able to name The Shepherd Centre as our Happiness Movement winner. We are pleased that this money will be going to an organisation aimed at improving the lives of kids living with hearing loss. Being in a position where we are able to help make a difference is something that is very important to us and the reason behind the creation of The Happiness Movement.
“We wanted to do something that not only rewards the good deeds of Aussie charities and not-for-profit organisations, but also raises awareness for these great causes and sheds light on the positive acts that are being performed on a daily basis around our country,”
Dr Jim Hungerford, chief executive, The Shepherd Centre, said: “The Shepherd Centre is naturally very excited to receive such a generous donation through the Happiness Movement. This is such an admirable initiative of Vividwireless and we hope that other organisations follow suit with philanthropic gestures like this.
“Early intervention for a child with hearing loss costs approximately $18,000 per annum and each year we see an increasing number of families turning to us for assistance due to our exceptional outcomes. This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of children with hearing loss and is an investment in their future.”
More information is available here.