Southern Peninsula News 23 June 2020

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Bushfire money goes

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SORRENTO Portsea RSL sub-branch’s bushfire dinner and auction in February raised $28,500 as the final event in a fundraising campaign beginning when the fires started in early January. But rather than donate the money to one of the many larger funds operating at the time, Sorrento Portsea RSL president John Prentice said the committee decided on a different tack. “We wanted to select a community cause that was badly affected by the fires and where a financial contribution would make a real difference,” he said. Four months later the committee agreed to share the money equally among six small East Gippsland CFA brigades: Bruthen, Toorloo, Kalimna West, Wairewa, Johnsonville and Mallacoota. Each received $4750. “These smaller groups do not have the ability to raise the extra funds they require due to their isolation and small communities,” Mr Prentice said. “Many are made up of farming families directly affected by the fires that went through East Gippsland.” The club’s generosity has already been acknowledged: Bruthen Fire Brigade Captain J A Nicholas wrote back last week to thank the Sorrento Portsea RSL for its donation. “Just after the fires we had a group of veterans turn up at Bruthen to provide on-ground assistance in and around town,” he said. “Of particular note was the fact that we had members of many peninsula CFA brigades fighting fires by our side on the night we lost 68 houses. I have no doubt many of the fire fighters frequent your RSL. “This group, and your very generous donation, will assist us in keeping our community safe.” Mr Nicholas said this coming fire season was “shaping to be as complex as the last if we don't get rain”. Mr Prentice praised the work of Sorrento Ports-

Fire front: The Sorrento Portsea RSL committee, above, which organised a campaign which raised the $28,500 that was donated to six East Gippsland CFA brigades involved in fighting this year’s devastating bushfires. Right, a “strategic burn” at Bruthen and, below, blackened trees the next day. Pictures: Yanni (main) and supplied

ea RSL’s committee and volunteers, auctioneer Russell McCraw, Sorrento CFA for its contribution of $3000 from a tin rattle, the Tom Katz live music crew who contributed the proceeds of the RSL’s Sunday shows in January and February, and the Australia Day barbecue team. “We received donations large and small which contributed significantly to the final result,” he said. “A total of $28,500 from a small club like ours is an incredible result.”


Have you heard about Specsavers Audiology Rosebud? Specsavers Rosebud has launched a new audiology service

One in six Australians experience hearing loss, yet only one

to customers, revolutionising the industry for locals by

in three does anything about it. On top of this, Specsavers

offering hearing aids and care at clear, low prices. But while affordable services and products are important, Specsavers Audiology Rosebud’s new owner and audiologist Jason Snelling says professionalism and patient care is the key to success.

research has shown that over half of Australians (57%), 18 years and over, have experienced moments where they felt concerned about their hearing. Specsavers’ Executive Director of its newly created audiology business, Darrel Magna says the new audiology offering is

‘I have always been a huge advocate for a patient-centred care approach to audiology. Treating everyone as a valued and capable individual is not just going to result in the best outcomes for them, but fantastic experiences can help friends and family be open to considering their own hearing health,’ says Jason.

giving Australians exceptional value in hearing aids and care as well as the expert service that the Specsavers brand has become well-known for. ‘By offering audiology, we’re providing truly accessible health

Specsavers Audiology Rosebud's new owner and audiologist Jason Snelling

care for our customers’ ears as well as their eyes. The earlier

leading manufacturers, which feature cutting-edge innovations

we detect and treat hearing loss, the less of an impact the

in hearing assistance. A pair of hearing aids starts from $1495.

Joining Specsavers Rosebud, Jason is most looking forward

problem will have on a person’s hearing long term.

to owning his own audiology clinic that aligns with

All customers at Specsavers Rosebud will now have a free

hearing service provider by the Australian Government Hearing

five minute hearing screen included as part of their overall

Services Program which provides eligible people with access

eye health test in store. We don’t want Australians to have

to hearing services such as hearing assessments, subsidised

Specsavers’ values. ‘One of the best experiences as an audiologist is being able to follow up with a person that has been fitted with hearing aids and exploring all the changes. Being able to hear the important people in their life and the fine details of their world once again can bring so much joy, not just for the person but for the people they are close with. I am looking forward servicing the Rosebud community,’ he said.

Specsavers Audiology Rosebud is accredited as a qualified

to wait 7-10 years to do something about their hearing

hearing aids and aftercare services. If you think you might be

challenges, especially if it means they can’t live their lives to

eligible, you can apply for the Australian Government Hearing

the full,’ he said.

Services Program online or via post.

If you feel like your hearing isn’t as good as it should be,

To book a hearing check at Specsavers Audiology Rosebud

Specsavers Audiology Rosebud are now taking bookings for

call 5981 1044 or visit

free* 15 minute hearing checks. If further testing is required,

Specsavers offers professional eye care and eye wear and

comprehensive hearing assessments with Jason are being

is now extending its values to hearing, offering the best

offered for $49. If you require hearing assistance as a result,

technology hearing aids at affordable price points.

the stores have a range of hearing aids designed and built by

*This is a 15 minute appointment. If further testing is required in a longer appointment, a fee will be incurred. Hearing Services Program approved customers receive all appointments at no charge to them.


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