Dick Smith will donate $100,000 to The Shepherd Centre and is calling on wealthy Australians to step up and match his donation.

Dick Smith

The Shepherd Centre has launched the 10 for 10 Dick Smith Challenge to find 10 donors to contribute $10,000 each and match the iconic entrepreneur’s donation.

“We now have 75 billionaires in Australia and only 15% of them are known as philanthropists,” said Smith on announcing his donation that will help provide children with hearing loss the services they need.

The Shepherd Centre has pledged that the funds raised by Dick Smith’s philanthropy challenge will go towards supporting services for regional families.

These services include: centres such as the one in Wollongong , which is the first port of call for families in southern NSW, and offers family counselling, listening and spoken language therapy, and audiology services; a teleintervention program delivered via regular video conferencing and online learning courses that gives families and carers the tools to continue therapy at home; and outreach visits to regional centres of NSW, the ACT and Tasmania by The Shepherd Centre’s clinical team, enabling highly trained therapists to travel and meet with families in person, hold workshops and conduct one-on-one and group therapy.

Dr Jim Hungerford, CEO of The Shepherd Centre, said he was impressed by the entrepreneur’s pledge and encouraged by the task set by Smith to fellow Australians.

“Australians love a competitive sport, so we’re keen to see who might rise to the challenge. We saw a great synergy between Dick’s love of rural communities and the work we do in both regional and remote areas so we’d love to hear from an individual or business who shares this interest. Hearing loss does not discriminate and distance should not be a hindrance to quality care,” said Dr Hungerford.

The Shepherd Centre is a world-leading charity for that provides programs and services for children with hearing loss. 

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