Give Ability Day raises $5,000 for RIDBC

A group of volunteers barbequeing at Westfield North Rocks with RIDBC aprons onRIDBC volunteers help at the sausage sizzle.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children has received a donation of more than $5000 from Westfield North Rocks as part of the centre’s Give Ability Day celebrations on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July.

Local families gave a gold coin donation to enjoy fun activities at Westfield across the two days of activities. There was a sausage sizzle, Lantern Club stalls with beautiful handmade items, a craft workshop, Yogi Bear meet & greet, and face painting.

“We’re really appreciative of this amazing contribution from Westfield. This generous donation will go a long way in assisting RIDBC to continue to provide innovative services and education programs to children living with vision or hearing loss, and their families, all across Australia,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.
Give Ability Day celebrations took place across all 37 Westfield centres nationally, with Westfield staff and volunteers roaming the centres collecting donations from shoppers.

“This is the second year that we have run Give Ability Day, and we are happy to say that through the generous support of our shoppers we are looking to build upon the success of these events in the future,” Glenn Page, Westfield North Rocks, centre manager said.

“2012 was a huge success and is a testament to the generosity of the North Rocks community. We’re proud to support The Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children and the work they do to make a genuine difference to the lives of children living with a disability and their families,” Glenn Page, Westfield North Rocks, centre manager said.

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.