24 Aug 2018
  • Father attempts marathon for the second time to raise funds for daughter’s hearing loss service


Wednesday 27 June 2018 – Sydney, Australia – At The Shepherd Centre we love to hear of our families kicking goals, Dad Adrian O’Hagan is doing just that as he attempts the Blackmore’s Sydney Marathon on 16th September.

Adrian and his family were first introduced to The Shepherd Centre when daughter Oli, or “Warrior Princess” as she is affectionately called, was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss at three months old.

’We were introduced to The Shepherd Centre shortly afterwards and they have been with us on every step of our hearing journey since. We fitted hearing aids and started weekly visits to the Macquarie centre – where we realised immediately that we had a whole new extension to our family,’ said Adrian.

’At 18 months, Oli’s hearing had completely gone, and so we moved to bilateral cochlear implants. Again, The Shepherd Centre held our hands throughout the whole process, culminating in the very emotional switch-on session – a moment none of us will ever forget!’

’Oli will be celebrating three years with cochlears in September. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate all that she has overcome, than finishing this marathon for her.’

Adrian, who has been running for 10 years, tried a marathon back in 2011 and made it to the remarkable 37km mark only to collapse from dehydration. A seasoned runner with many races under his belt, the marathon distance of 42.195kms has so far eluded him.

’When I start to feel tired, or the pace drops off a little, I will think of “Oli the Warrior Princess” and how she just pushed through, with a big smile on her face, no matter the challenge facing her.’

As he braves the cold Sydney winter for training, The Shepherd Centre is behind Adrian every step of the way.

Support from fundraisers like Adrian are imperative in meeting the growing demand for The Shepherd Centre’s services. Thanks to supporters like you we invest more and more in our clinical programs every year not only meeting the growing demand for our services but also investing in ongoing research and development of new programs.




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About The Shepherd Centre:

The Shepherd Centre is a NSW-based not-for-profit organisation specialising in early intervention to help children who are deaf and hearing-impaired develop spoken language skills.


Since its foundation, The Shepherd Centre has opened up a world of sound for more than 2,000 children who are deaf or hearing impaired. The organisation is recognised as a world leader in the field of Listening and Spoken Language early intervention, providing families with assistance to develop their child’s speech, so they can reach their full potential.

The Shepherd Centre relies heavily upon fundraising and donations to support the more than 500 Australian families who turn to them for help each year. The services cost nearly $20,000 per year per child and the funds donated help give deaf and hearing impaired children access to critical services.


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