Donation of $250 000 helps deaf children and blind children

John Berryman, Louise Flitcroft and Chris RehnRIDBC Chief Executive, John Berryman, Louise Flitcroft, and RIDBC Chief Executive Designate, Chris Rehn, at the cheque presentation

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has received a cheque for $248,015 from The Pathfinders Auxiliary.

The Committee, which is a voluntary fundraising committee generously supported by Qantas, has been raising money solely for RIDBC since 1967. This year’s contribution brings the total amount raised to almost $6 million over this time.

President of Pathfinders, Louise Flitcroft Paisley, said the Auxiliary is very proud of their fundraising efforts this year.

“The group is made up of Qantas staff from across the organisation and some former Qantas people. We put on a variety of fundraising events throughout the year including a Charity Flight and a Revue.

“We have a lot of fun putting on our events. RIDBC helps us where they can and keeps us updated on what is happening at the Institute. We are so proud that the group continues to raise money for this charity, which does such wonderful work.”

John Berryman from RIDBC said the tireless efforts of these volunteers make a difference in the lives of deaf children and blind children.

“In their first year, the group raised $600. To have now almost reached the $6million mark is an extraordinary effort and one for which we at RIDBC are most grateful,” said John.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support to almost 1000 children with significant hearing and/or vision impairment and their families across Australia.

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.