$25,000 raised in Splash for Cash Sydney event

Chris Rehn, James Pittar and Reuben MouradRIDBC Chief Executive Chris Rehn, RIDBC Ambassador James Pittar and RIDBC Ambassador Reuben Mourad at 2012 Splash for Cash

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has raised over $50,000 through the Splash for Cash season, with the main event held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) last Saturday 24 March.

The event saw 85 swimmers digging in to swim more than 5,670 laps of the Olympic pool, and fundraising over $25,000 for RIDBC.

Blind marathon swimmer, and Splash for Cash ambassador, James Pittar swam 252 laps on the day.

James was for the first time ‘pipped at the post’ by the efforts of Krissie Bredin, a Rotaractor who supports the Splash for Cash event every year. She hit the pool with a variety of floaties and flippers and managed an incredible 442 laps over 12 hours. Krissie raised over $6000 for RIDBC.

“The support we received from sponsors and swimmers, as well as from Ironman Guy Leech, blind marathon swimmer James Pittar, and RIDBC Ambassador Reuben Mourad, is truly fantastic,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

“Splash for Cash really is a community event where you find a lot of passionate support from people like Krissie Bredin, who really dig deep to give their backing to RIDBC.

“RIDBC provides children with vision or hearing loss access to specialist therapy services and education programs to help them achieve their full potential. We can only continue to provide such support with the help of the community, and we remain greatly indebted to those who volunteer their time and efforts at events like Splash for Cash.”

The funds raised will ensure RIDBC’s Australia-wide services, the RIDBC Teleschool, can reach more children, families and professionals in remote and regional areas.

RIDBC also makes a difference in the lives of children and families much closer to home, with hundreds of children across Sydney’s suburbs receiving regular support from RIDBC.

Donations can be made through www.splashforcash.com.au.

The RIDBC Splash for Cash is proudly supported by Rotary international, Rotaract, the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, 105.3 NewFM and Guy Leech Fitness.

RIDBC provides support to over 1000 children with significant hearing and/or vision loss and their families across Australia. As well, RIDBC provides vision and hearing screening to more than 2000 babies and children each year.

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