Wembley: couple who met at Telethon Speech and Hearing as children prepares to celebrate 25th wedding anniversary


Michael and Jenny Pittaway.

Jenny and Michael Pittaway (top middle) with teacher Mrs Lewis (left) and their friends.
Michael and Jenny Pittaway. Jenny and Michael Pittaway (top middle) with teacher Mrs Lewis (left) and their friends.

Telethon Speech and Hearing celebrates 50 years in 2017. Over the next few weeks, we’ll bring you the stories of people who created the service and helped make the Wembley facility what it is today.

MICHAEL and Jenny Pittaway share a special anniversary with Telethon Speech and Hearing (TSH).

The former TSH students who met at the Wembley centre celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on October 31.

The couple met as young students but Jenny left the school when she was 10.

“I remember I left TSH in 1976 in second term and I was so sad to leave my friends behind,” she said.

They ran in to each other at Deaf Club about nine years later.

“I first noticed Michael when I was about 19 years old at the Deaf Club, that’s where we fell in love,” Jenny said.

“We were so happy, laughed and shared the same interests.”

The couple has two hearing sons Tim, who was born four years after they married, and Liam who was born in 1999.

TSH teachers taught Michael lip reading but he said Jenny had taught him Auslan.

There were three things about TSH that Michael and Jenny share fond memories of: laughter, the teachers and excursions.

“We walked to Kings Park and saw sights, views of the city, the Anzac memorial and playgrounds,” Michael said.

“We walked to the Lake Monger to feed ducks and swans.

“I have a good memory of my best friends in the classroom… we talked and laughed so much.”

Jenny said the teachers were very special.

“They taught me how to play music, how to draw and paint in art,” she said.

Together, the couple planted trees along the TSH fence on March 17, 1975.