Book in the Book Fair

Chief Executive, Chris Rehn and a group of volunteers at the Book FairRIDBC Annual Book Fair 2012

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is encouraging people of all ages to come and pick up a bargain at the Annual Book, Toy and Music Fair, Friday 22 June to Sunday 24 June, 2012.

The RIDBC Book, Toy and Music Fair is an opportunity to find some great books, magazines, toys, CDs and DVDs, while raising money for a wonderful cause. It will be held at RIDBC Renwick Centre at 361-365 North Rock Road, North Rocks, from 8am – 3pm. Donations of items welcome until June 8, 2012.

“You will be helping Australia’s largest provider of quality, innovative services and education programs to children with vision or hearing loss,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

“This includes children like seven-year-old Isam Gurung, who is deaf and attends RIDBC Thomas Pattison School. Isam has impressed his teachers with a reading age well above average for his year. He was born profoundly deaf and was ineligible for both hearing aids and cochlear implants and yet, despite this, has shown a passion for language which has seen him excel to the reading level of an 11 year old.”

“Isam has an extraordinary thirst for knowledge,” said RIDBC Primary Teacher, Melina Williams. “He is the only deaf child in a hearing family where English is a second language, so you can imagine the obstacles that he faces in acquiring vocabulary – and yet he likes nothing more than to pick up the dictionary to read in his spare time!”

The 2012 RIDBC Book, Toy and Music Fair will also have a market selling goodies like Devonshire tea, jams, pickles, arts and craft and bric-a-brac.

There is definitely a book for everyone, whether you are a professional book collector or a family looking for a fun day out: from recipes to history books, romance novels and more! It will also include a large assortment of specialist collectibles.

RIDBC is expecting a record attendance with the aim of raising more than $20,000 to help provide services and education programs to children with a sensory impairment.

For further enquiries or to donate items to the Fair, please contact Kaye Bailey on 02 9872 0329.

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.