Qantas Pathfinders Revue is ready to entertain!

04/11/13
Performers took to the stage for the 2012 Qantas Pathfinders Revue to raise funds for RIDBC

The annual Qantas Pathfinders Revue ‘Back to the Fuchsia’ will raise funds for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) with five nights of laughs, music and entertainment, 12-16 November, 2013.

The Revue is held at the North Sydney Leagues Club which provides the venue free of charge, 12 Abbot Street, Cammeray. Doors open at 6:45pm for a 7:30pm start and tickets cost $40.

Now in its 38th year, the Revue is a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek take on the airline industry brought to you by the people who know it best – a cast of 75 made up of Qantas staff and friends who all volunteer their time to create the show.

One of Pathfinders’ 75 volunteers is talented Flight Attendant, Melisa Prieto, who has a close connection to RIDBC. Melisa works as a volunteer at RIDBC Alice Betteridge School, which supports school aged students with a significant hearing or vision loss, as well as a level of intellectual impairment.

“I’ve volunteered in the same class for the last four years. Watching the students learn, and seeing them develop their skills and knowledge, has been a real privilege. It’s really fantastic to be so connected to RIDBC – I get to see firsthand the great work done by the organisation,” said Melisa.

“It has also been wonderful to be part of the Pathfinders Revue. As you can imagine, domestic and international Flight Attendants have a hectic schedule and it takes a lot of organisation and planning to get everyone together to rehearse. However I know that I speak for the whole Revue team when I say that we are so proud that the Revue continues to raise funds for RIDBC, they do such fantastic work.”

The Revue is a culmination of almost a year’s effort of organising, scripting and rehearsing. In 2012, the Revue was the biggest ever, with 2000 people attending to help raise more than $80,000 for RIDBC.

Formed in 1967, the Qantas Pathfinders Auxiliary is a voluntary fundraising committee generously supported by Qantas Airways Limited. It was formed to raise funds for RIDBC. Membership comes from across Qantas, including cabin crew, ground staff, technical crew and former Qantas staff members and their families. Since 1967 Pathfinders have raised over $6.3 million for RIDBC.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of education, therapy and diagnostics for people with vision or hearing loss. RIDBC assists over 3000 children with significant hearing or vision loss and their families across Australia.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.