Clive Berghofer gifts $2.8 million to RIDBC

Clive Berghofer gifts $2.8 million to RIDBCClive Berghofer (pictured centre) with RIDBC Renwick Centre Director Greg Leigh and RIDBC Chief Executive Chris Rehn

Philanthropist and local iconic hero, Clive Berghofer, has pledged $2.8 million to Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) towards the development of a new purpose built site in his adored home town of Toowoomba.

RIDBC’s new state of the art facility will support people with hearing and vision loss in the local area by providing education, assessment, therapy, diagnostic services and cochlear implantation services.

RIDBC’s Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, said the funds provided will support the expansion of vision and hearing services in regional Queensland and local families in Toowoomba.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr Berghofer for his generous gift, which will allow us to expand our world class services in this important area of Queensland,” said Mr Rehn.

“We are also looking forward to working collaboratively with other health services in the area to meet the needs of more children, adults and families with vision and hearing loss.”

RIDBC currently supports many clients and families from the Queensland area.

“We support children through regional and remote areas of Australia through RIDBC Teleschool using high quality videoconferencing in the family home, but there are times when our clients are required to travel to Sydney from across Queensland to access necessary programs and services. Such trips come at great expense and may cause significant disruption to family life,” said Mr Rehn.

RIDBC’s highly qualified and experienced team work together to collaborate with children, adults and families to tailor an individual program for each client. The team includes audiologists, speech pathologists, surgeons, orthoptists, occupational therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists and technology consultants.

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

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in people's lives.

For further information regarding RIDBC services, please call 1300 581 391.