Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Annual Report 2016

Auxiliary

Pathfinders Auxiliary

Pathfinders is a committee based in the Qantas community which raises funds specifically for RIDBC and draws its members from cabin crew, tech crew, ground staff and former Qantas staff. Since its formation in 1967, the Pathfinders Auxiliary has raised over $7.5 million and are regarded as one of Australia’s most successful voluntary fundraising groups.

This outstanding committee presented $318,000 to RIDBC in 2016. None of this would be possible without the ongoing generosity of Qantas Airways Limited and the many sponsors who continue to support this dynamic group of volunteers.

The very talented Revue cast, delighting audiences with
the story of Joy, a girl with her head in the clouds and
her feet firmly on the ground who, having just left high
school, decides to become a Qantas Flight Attendant

Caption: The very talented Revue cast, delighting audiences with the story of Joy, a girl with her head in the clouds and her feet firmly on the ground who, having just left high school, decides to become a Qantas Flight Attendant


Pathfinders

Principal Sponsor
Qantas Airways Limited

Major Sponsors
AirServices Australia
Hobart Airport
MONA Tasmania
NORTHS
Qudos Bank
Q Catering
Rotary Club of Turramurra
Rydge Holdings Pty Ltd
Shell Aviation
Sydney Airport

Pathfinders President
Louise Flitcroft Paisley

Patron
Alan Joyce

Pathfinders Ambassador
Simon Marnie

Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight

The Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight is organised by Pathfinders Auxiliary and was initiated by long-time Pathfinders member Captain Roger Gee, who is now on the RIDBC Board of Directors. The first flight was to Longreach in 2002.

Since taking to the skies, this unique annual event has raised more than $1.2 million in support of RIDBC.

Qantas Pathfinders Revue

This year’s show “There’s something about Joy” raised $154,772.59.

Qantas Gig in the Street

This event was held at Qantas Head Office in December and was another opportunity to showcase Pathfinders to the Qantas community and raise funds for RIDBC.

Qantas Jumbo Joy Flight

Children from RIDBC along with other children living with a disability, took to the skies in November 2016 aboard the annual Qantas Jumbo Joy Flight.

The 90 minute flight over Sydney on a Boeing Jumbo 747- 400 aircraft is a collaboration between Pathfinders, Qantas Airways Limited and the Rotary Club of Turramurra. It takes dozens of dedicated volunteers months to organise the flight. On the day, Qantas pilots, cabin crew and ground staff donated their time. For many of the children it is their first time on board a jumbo jet.

Jayden, a student at RIDBC Roberta Reid
Preschool with First Officer, Todd Henry looking
forward to boarding the Qantas Jumbo Joy Flight

Caption: Jayden, a student at RIDBC Roberta Reid Preschool with First Officer, Todd Henry looking forward to boarding the Qantas Jumbo Joy Flight


Flying to Fundraise

The annual Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight took to the skies once again in November raising over $110,000.

Qantas Pathfinders cabin crew and
volunteers with Simon Marnie and
Ray Martin AO on this year’s Charity Flight

Caption: Qantas Pathfinders cabin crew and volunteers with Simon Marnie and Ray Martin AO on this year’s Charity Flight

The 2016 Charity Flight provided guests with an unforgettable day trip including a special Qantas return flight from Sydney to Hobart, a visit to Salamanca Place, the heart of Hobart’s historic waterfront, and a gourmet threecourse lunch at Tasmania’s iconic Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

This year, ABC radio presenter Simon Marnie, and Tasmanian Brand Ambassador and well-known media celebrity, Ray Martin AO, joined passengers on the flight.

“The flight was a great way to see the best of Tasmania. The gourmet lunch at MONA and tour of the museum’s international exhibition, ‘The Origins of Art’, was certainly a highlight of the day,” said RIDBC Committees and Events Manager, Kaye Bailey.

“It was a fun-filled day for a wonderful cause, which couldn’t happen without the tireless support of the Qantas Pathfinders Committee and the generosity of the pilots and cabin crew who volunteer their services each year.”

“The event would literally ‘not get off the ground’ without the outstanding support of our sponsors,” said Kaye.