Toongabbie boy with hearing loss meets Prince Charles after dad raises $10,000 for RIDBC

18/12/15
The Tamory family attended a Garden reception by the Governor of NSW and Mrs Hurley in the presence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during the Royal Visit to Australia.

Toongabbie residents, Farida Zabih and Baker Tamory, were overjoyed when they, along with their son, Raiyaan, received an invitation to a garden reception at Government House to meet The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during the Royal Visit to Australia in November.

“At first, I thought it someone playing a joke. I couldn’t believe it and had to confirm back with Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) that the invitation was real – it was an unbelievable moment!” said Baker.

“We are so grateful to RIDBC for everything they have done for our son and for this wonderful opportunity. To meet the Prince of Wales and mingle with other people who have helped raise funds for charities was an unforgettable moment and a beautiful gift to my family.”

Diagnosed with hearing loss at birth, Raiyaan received two hearing aids at six weeks of age.

“There is no history of hearing loss in our family so it was an absolute shock,” said Baker. “It was very confronting for us as parents and it was an emotional time. You just want the best for your child."

At three months of age, Raiyaan began accessing intensive weekly speech and language sessions through RIDBC Early Learning Program (Hearing Impairment).

“RIDBC has given us the skills we need to communicate with our son,” said Farida. “The progress Raiyaan has made is fantastic. He is now three and is age appropriate, if not above, and speaks three languages – English, Dari and Arabic.”

Baker wanted to use Bicycle NSW’s Spring Cycle to give back and support RIDBC.

“When I found out that I could use the ride to fundraise for RIDBC it was a eureka moment. My wife, Farida, and I often feel like, as humans, we tend to just take and take. It’s so often about ‘what’s in it for me?’ This ride was a way for us to give back to RIDBC as they have done so much for us,” said Baker.

Baker has raised over $10,000 for RIDBC.

“We originally aimed to raise $1710 as Raiyaan was born on 17 October,” said Baker. “Our coworkers, family and friends have also been so supportive, so we’ve just kept on going!”

“I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated to such a good cause. I’ve only dedicated 12 hours in two years, riding my bike to help raise funds. However, the people here at RIDBC work tirelessly every day to help children like my son.

For next year’s Spring Cycle, I hope to create an RIDBC group and continue to raise much needed funds for RIDBC.”

Photograph above courtesy of Rob Tuckwell Photography.