‘My baby boy was born profoundly deaf and received cochlear implants in both ears at just five months of age and has been at The Shepherd Centre in their early intervention program. The first day we found out he was deaf was the hardest. It was a lot of mixed emotions and it was very confusing for all of us.

‘Naturally we were worried at first. I think every parent would be worried about their child in any situation whether it’s deafness or something else because it’s just the fact that you don’t know. But all you can do is focus on what you can do now.

‘Today we just completed a 4,500km journey aboard a 1979 double-decker bus from Perth to Newtown at a top speed of 63 km/h as a way to say thank you and raise money for The Shepherd Centre. We decided to dress up just to make a statement and have a bit of fun with it.

‘We couldn’t be any happier with his progress. We’re over the moon with how it’s panned out so far. He is a very happy, bubbly and vibrant baby. He is seriously the sparkle of my eye – I love him to death.’

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