RIDBC celebrates inspiring Fathers on Father’s Day

Baker with son, RaiyaanFor western Sydney father, Baker Tamory, Father’s Day will be extra special this year with support from RIDBC.

For Toongabbie father, Baker, Father’s Day is particularly special with thanks to support from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

Diagnosed with hearing loss at birth, Raiyaan received two hearing aids at six weeks of age.

“There is no history of hearing loss in our family so it was an absolute shock,” said Baker. “It was very confronting for us as parents and it was an emotional time. You just want the best for your child."

“It was also hard because, as Muslims, one of our religious rituals is reciting the call to prayer into the ears of your newborn. When Raiyaan was diagnosed we realised he may not have been able to hear that prayer.”

At three months of age, Raiyaan began accessing intensive weekly speech and language sessions through RIDBC Early Learning Program (Hearing Impairment).

“RIDBC has given us the skills we need to communicate with our son,” said Baker. “The progress Raiyaan has made is fantastic. He is now three and is age appropriate, if not above, and speaks three languages – English, Dari and Arabic.

“Before Raiyaan was born we had so little knowledge of the amazing volunteers, charities and people who give their blood, sweat and tears to ensure children like Raiyaan can achieve the best outcomes. I am an extremely proud Australian citizen and I am so indebted to RIDBC and this beautiful country for doing so much for my son.”

What does Father’s day mean to Baker?

“Father’s Day is a day of extreme gratitude and blessing for being a Father and equally a great responsibility to be the best Father I can be,” said Baker. “The day also reminds me of all the life long lessons my Father taught me, and how I can depart that knowledge to my son, Raiyaan,”

RIDBC is a charity and Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision 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.