Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Annual Report 2016

Fundraising Appeals, Lotteries and Telemarketing

In 2016, all fundraising activities of SCIC Cochlear Implant Program and RIDBC were consolidated and managed by the Donor Care team, in order to streamline our processes and ensure that the level of engagement with our valued supporters is maintained. Our Donor Care team processed 103,143 donations from 47,376 supporters across all fundraising activities, including 1,976 gifts for SCIC Cochlear Implant Program.

We were delighted that the support of RIDBC’s Individual Giving program, Rainbow Lottery and donations through our Call Centre grew as well as our regular giving program Virtual Miles which was launched the previous year.

RIDBC Rainbow Lottery provides an opportunity for the community to support us. RIDBC thanks the many generous donors who support our Rainbow Lottery. RIDBC Rainbow Lottery began in 1987 and has since raised over $69 million. The Lottery is looking forward to celebrating its 30th Anniversary in June 2017.

Donor Care team:
(L-R) Nicole Cotton (Team Leader),
Colleen Matthews, Belinda Patton, Phyllis Burns,
Yudy Makmur

Caption: Donor Care team: (L-R) Nicole Cotton (Team Leader), Colleen Matthews, Belinda Patton, Phyllis Burns, Yudy Makmur


Rainbow Lottery Winner Gives Back

RIDBC Rainbow Lottery winner, Elizabeth, decided to donate half her winnings back to RIDBC.

Elizabeth visits RIDBC to collect her prize
from RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn

Caption: Elizabeth visits RIDBC to collect her prize from RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn

Elizabeth, also known as Lizzy, has been supporting RIDBC through the Rainbow Lottery since 2012.

“I donate every year and buy tickets in the Rainbow Lottery,” said Lizzy.

“This year when they phoned, I couldn’t believe it when they told me I had won first prize. I was so surprised and straight away told them I would like to donate half of the amount I’d won back to RIDBC. I believe it’s difficult to raise money for a charity and I really wanted to help.

“I really enjoyed my tour of RIDBC at North Rocks. It was wonderful to hear about amazing technology such as cochlear implants which make such a positive difference to so many people’s lives.”

Lizzy has used some of her winnings to purchase a few artworks from a gallery that supports emerging artists. “I wanted to buy things that I love and remind me of RIDBC and all the wonderful things they do for people with vision or hearing loss,” said Lizzy.