RIDBC celebrates National Volunteer Week

Elaine Brock at RIDBC holding her 2015 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award. Elaine Brock at RIDBC holding her 2015 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating the generous contribution of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, 9 – 15 May.

The volunteering program at RIDBC plays a vital role in ensuring that RIDBC staff can continue to deliver services to children and adults with hearing or vision loss both locally, and around Australia.

“In 2015, 1,220 volunteers contributed over 20,000 hours of work in support of RIDBC. Their contribution is invaluable and vital to our organisation, and we thank them for their ongoing support,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

Baulkham Hills resident, Elaine Brock, has been volunteering at RIDBC for 18 years.

“I started volunteering for RIDBC in 1997 after I retired. RIDBC is such a good cause, and there was a special family significance to me as my cousin had been a student at RIDBC forty years ago,” said Elaine.

Elaine has been a committed volunteer ever since.

“RIDBC is full of great people doing wonderful work with children with hearing or vision loss. As a volunteer, I’ve been able to support that work doing all sorts of tasks! From proofreading and typing, through to helping with major fundraising initiatives like the annual RIDBC Book, Toy & Music Fair,” said Elaine.

Elaine is also a life member of RIDBC, Vice President of Central Council Lantern Clubs and President of the Parramatta Lantern Club.

“Being a volunteer at RIDBC for such a long time, I really feel like I’ve been part of something that has improved the lives of children with hearing or vision loss. I’ve seen the way technology has changed, and how RIDBC is using that technology to change lives. It’s marvellous,” said Elaine.

“I really look forward to the time I spend at RIDBC each week. It’s just me at home, so coming to RIDBC is great companionship and it keeps me active. Everyone has spare time and the world would be a much better place if more people volunteered. I just think, don’t let the world go by! Get out there and do something in your community!”

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 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.