The WANTZ Committee was estabished in 2003 by several friends from very diverse backgrounds who decided to fundraise to purchase equipment for a different charity annually. The name WANTZ is an acronym of the names of the five original committee members, and it also represents what the committee does - every year the WANTZ Committee chooses a charity organization to support and fundraises for equipment the chosen charity has on its 'WANTZ Wish List'

In 2019 the WANTZ Committee is once again proudly supporting Hear and Say, a specialist Paediatric Hearing Assessment and Early Intervention Centre.

Hear and Say is one of the leading Paediatric Auditory-Verbal and cochlear implant centres in the world, teaching children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak. They work with families and other medical professionals to achieve the best outcomes for deaf children through a combination of early diagnosis, the most advanced hearing technology and auditory-verbal therapy, where children are taught to listen and speak.

Hear and Say work with children of all ages – from Early Intervention after newborn hearing screening, through to itsschool screening program Hear to Learn, and beyond. Their therapy model works with the needs of the whole child, including occupational therapy.

Thousands of children, young adults and families benefit from Hear and Say's programs and services each year, achieving great outcomes (100% of children in our Early Intervention Program moved into mainstream schools in 2017).

It takes up to six years to teach one profoundly deaf child to learn to listen and speak. This means Hear and Say must rely on a mix of funding, including fundraising events and activities, and the generous support of donors and partners so all young children have the opportunity to Hear, Say and Live.

The Centre is a charity based in Brisbane with regional centres on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville and Toowoomba with an Outreach program for rural and remote children. It is a family based program recognizing the parent as the natural language teacher of the child.


Hear and Say Website