RIDBC celebrates National Volunteer Week

Head of RIDBC Book and Community Fair volunteer committee, Philippa Manton, and her team are busy preparing for the upcoming Book and Community Fair, 29-31 May.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating the wonderful contribution of our volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week 11 – 17 May. 

In 2014 volunteers contributed over 26,000 hours of work for RIDBC, with over 945 people volunteering through RIDBC fundraising clubs and committees and another 250 volunteers contributing to RIDBC’s clinical and educational services or in administrative positions.

“Volunteering is vital to RIDBC – it is central to our culture and to our ability to provide services. RIDBC’s volunteers generously give their time supporting RIDBC staff to continue to deliver services to children with hearing or vision loss both locally, and around Australia. Their contribution is invaluable, and we thank them for their ongoing support,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

The spirit of volunteering is well and truly alive with the RIDBC Book and Community Fair right around the corner. Our dedicated team of volunteer’s are busy sorting, classifying, pricing and packing thousands of excellent quality books and collectables.

The three day fair will take place 29 - 31 May at RIDBC, 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks. Join us on Saturday 30 May for a family fun day and help RIDBC to raise $50,000 to continue to support thousands of people with a sensory impairment through a broad range of therapy, education and cochlear implant services.

West Pennant Hills resident, Philippa Manton, is head of RIDBC Book and Community Fair volunteer committee.

“I started volunteering for RIDBC in 2008 when a good friend of mine asked me to help with the books for the annual book and community fair," said Philippa.

“I was keen to do some volunteer work and as I am an avid reader with a love of books this sounded like something I would enjoy. We have a fabulous team who work very hard every year to make this event possible, while also making friends for life and having lots of fun along the way.

“National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to thank the people who give generously of their time and skills to help others. It is also a good way to let people know about the great work we do and hopefully to attract new helpers.”

RIDBC volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including; administration, classroom assistance, making resources, child minding, fundraising and events. To find out more visit www.ridbc.org.au/volunteers or call 02 9872 0345.

RIDBC is 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 children's lives. To donate, go to ridbc.org.au/donate