After years of planning, fundraising, research and construction the Hear Our Heart Ear Bus is officially in operation.
The first hearing test was conducted on Dubbo’s Tauja Cooper by local audiometrist Sahar Salman on Wednesday morning.
Volunteer co-director Rachel Mills said it was fitting that Tauja was the first person to have her hearing tested as she is the granddaughter and niece of the men who built it.
She said it was rewarding to see the project finally come together after in excess of 500 hours of voluntary labour by Gary Nicholls, and Greg and Scott Wilkin of Alloy Welding.
“How do you say thank you?” Rachel said.
“It doesn’t seem enough for donating what they’ve donated, you just wish you could do something to thank them that’s better than just saying ‘thank you’.
“They’re such humble people who are so excited that we can help so many kids.”
The Hear Our Heart Ear Bus Project began in 2012 as a pilot program through the Dubbo and District Parent Support Group for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.