Art Exhibition raises more than $11,000 for RIDBC

Casey Sealy with his son, Josh, setting up his art exhibition at RIDBCCasey Sealy with his son, Josh, setting up his art exhibition at RIDBC

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has received a donation of more than $11,000 from the proceeds of an art exhibition of works by Kasey Sealy, hosted by Ku-ring-gai Lantern Club and held at RIDBC, North Rocks, 20 - 22 July.

Kasey Sealy generously donated a third of all sales to RIDBC, with nine paintings, four bronze statues and a raffle contributing to the more than $11,000. Mr Sealy also donated one of his paintings, Under a Cobalt Sky – Capertree Valley, to the raffle’s first prize winner.

Mr Sealy has a longstanding connection with RIDBC as his son, Josh, was born profoundly deaf. Josh attended RIDBC Roberta Reid Preschool and then RIDBC Thomas Pattison School, which caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 10 who are profoundly deaf and bi-lingual - communicating in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English, before taking an RIDBC scholarship to finish his studies at The Hills Grammar.

“I’m now in my third year at Macquarie University, studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both Gender Studies and Philosophy. I graduate next year and I’m really enjoying my studies,” said Josh.

“It was great to be back at RIDBC to help set up my dad’s art exhibition. There are a lot of familiar faces around campus. My time at RIDBC was like being part of a very tightly knit community – I made a lot of friends and they are all still like family to me.”

Kasey Sealy exhibited 45 paintings at RIDBC, collected from over ten years of work.

“It was great to bring the paintings out with a fresh eye as I was getting ready for the exhibition. It was also a chance to remember my last exhibit here – almost 15 years ago when Josh was enrolled at RIDBC,” said Kasey.

“There was no history of deafness in my family when Josh was born and my wife and I had to learn Auslan which it was a huge learning curve. RIDBC was a great support to my family so it’s fantastic to be able to come back and continue to support RIDBC.”

The exhibition was opened by Mrs Rosemary O'Farrell, wife of Ku-ring-gai Lantern Club’s patron, The Premier of NSW, Mr Barry O'Farrell.

RIDBC provides vital 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 thousands more babies and children each year.

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.