Tuesday 12 November saw the launch of the Earbus Foundation of WA with an exclusive sundowner at Gargano’s Ristorante in Claremont. EFWA CEO Paul Higginbotham welcomed guests and spoke about the need for a charity with a sole focus on Aboriginal children’s ear health. The Foundation’s Clinical Patron, Professor Harvey Coates, spoke about the need for Earbuses all over Western Australia. Carol Dowling (pictured above), Chairwoman of Noongar Radio, touched all the guests’ hearts when she spoke about the ear infections her son James had endured and her work to raise awareness among Aboriginal people of how devastating ear disease is on children’s lives and futures. A video of James talking about his experiences with middle-ear disease was a crowd stopper and drove home how middle-ear disease has robbed generations of Aboriginal children of their potential. Guests included shadow Minister for Health Roger Cook, Liberal MP Liz Behjat, WA Chief Scientist Lyn Beazley, John and Jenny Vukman and Peter and Robyn Briggs.
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