LITTLE SWIMMER: Xavier with his mum Melinda Pamenter.
LITTLE SWIMMER: Xavier with his mum Melinda Pamenter. Boni Holmes

Aid needed to help Xavier learn to swim

MELINDA Pamenter's four-year-old son Jack died in a tragic drowning on November 19, 2000.

Fourteen years later, Melinda gave birth to another son, Xavier. Understandably, Melinda is desperate for Xavier, now two-and-a-half years old, to learn to swim efficiently. But Xavier has a challenge that most children don't have to face: He has a severe hearing impairment. He wears hearing aids during the day but has to take them out when near water, even when it is raining.

Melinda said that this makes it difficult for him to understand the swimming lessons and interact with the teacher.

"I want to buy Jack a pair of water-proof hearing aids,” Melinda said.

"Costing $3800, these aids will allow him to learn to swim at a younger age, and then to enjoy the kind of games in the pool and at the beach that other children like to play.

"It will help Xavier to live a more normal

childhood.”

Unfortunately, he is not eligible for any kind of subsidy, so Melinda, her family and friends are trying to raise the money themselves.

On Saturday, September 3 at 2pm, the Maryborough Presbyterian Church will hold a Songs For Spring event at the church at 523 Alice St (near Sunbury School), Maryborough during which a collection will be taken up to assist little Xavier to buy his water-proof hearing aids.

And, of course, the church hopes to raise money as much money as possible for little Xavier.

Everyone is welcome be part of this and to stay for afternoon tea afterwards.



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