Volunteer of fifteen years helps RIDBC celebrate National Volunteer Week

13/05/13
Elaine Brock has been a volunteer at RIDBC for fifteen years

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) would like to thank its more than 300 registered volunteers during National Volunteer Week, May 13 – 19.

The volunteering program at RIDBC plays a vital role in ensuring that RIDBC staff can continue to deliver services to children with hearing or vision loss both locally, and around Australia.

“Volunteering is vital to RIDBC – it is central to our culture and to our ability to provide services. RIDBC’s volunteers generously give their time both at the North Rocks campus and at sites across NSW. In 2012 volunteers contributed over 22,000 hours of support to RIDBC. Their contribution is invaluable, and we thank them for their ongoing support,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

Baulkham Hills resident, Elaine Brock, has been volunteering at RIDBC for 15 years.

“I started volunteering for RIDBC in 1997 after I retired. RIDBC is such a good cause, and there was a special family significance to me as my cousin had been a student at RIDBC forty years ago,” said Elaine.

Elaine has been a committed volunteer ever since.

“RIDBC is full of great people doing wonderful work with children with hearing or vision loss. As a volunteer, I’ve been able to support that work doing all sorts of tasks! From proofreading and typing, through to helping with major fundraising initiatives like the annual RIDBC Book Fair and Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight,” said Elaine.

Elaine is also a life member of RIDBC and is a long-serving member of Parramatta Lantern Club.

“Being a volunteer at RIDBC for such a long time, I really feel like I’ve been part of something that has improved the lives of children with hearing or vision loss. I’ve seen the way technology has changed, and how RIDBC is using that technology to change lives. It’s marvellous,” said Elaine.

“I really look forward to the time I spend at RIDBC each week. It’s just me at home, so coming to RIDBC is great companionship and it keeps me active. Everyone has spare time and the world would be a much better place if more people volunteered. I just think, don’t let the world go by! Get out there and do something in your community!”

RIDBC volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including; classroom tasks, formatting material for vision impaired children, gardening, administration, fundraising and transport.

RIDBC provides a wide range of quality, innovative services and educational programs for children with hearing and/or vision loss, from the first weeks of a child’s life, right through their teenage years.