Vice-Regal Patronage granted to RIDBC

09/12/14
His Excellency and Mrs Hurley visited RIDBC to learn more about the work of RIDBC

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley, have both granted joint Vice-Regal Patronage to Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

To mark this announcement, His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Hurley visited RIDBC to spend time meeting children and adults with vision or hearing loss supported by RIDBC.

“We are very pleased to welcome His Excellency and Mrs Hurley as Vice-Regal Patrons of RIDBC,” said RIDBC President, Sean Wareing. “It is wonderful to have our work recognised in this way.”

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and diagnostic services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of children, adults, and their families each year.

“I know that His Excellency and Mrs Hurley will be working closely with regional and remote communities across NSW during their time in office,” said Mr Wareing. “RIDBC is also working in those communities, extending support to people with vision or hearing loss through our 15 NSW sites, as well as through RIDBC Teleschool, which supports those living in regional and remote areas using the latest videoconferencing technology.”

Both His Excellency and Mrs Hurley enjoyed their visit to RIDBC. In a statement from Government House, His Excellency, said:

“Linda and I are committed to educational opportunity and inclusion for all people. As a former primary school teacher, Linda has experienced the benefits of educational support services for children with vision or hearing loss. We are proud to support the outstanding work of the RIDBC.”

RIDBC was established in 1860 and is privileged to have been granted Vice-Regal Patronage since that time.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the former Governor of New South Wales, Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, who was Vice-Regal Patron of RIDBC during her time in office,” said Mr Wareing. “RIDBC enjoyed a long association with Dame Bashir, and we look forward to continuing a similar partnership with His Excellency and Mrs Hurley.”

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, clinical and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.