RIDBC celebrates National Volunteer Week

Leo is a volunteer driver at RIDBC

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating the generous contribution of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, 8 – 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 vision or hearing loss both locally, and around Australia.

“In 2016, 1,160 volunteers contributed over 22,000 hours of volunteer service 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.

Semi-retired secondary teacher and Baulkham Hills resident, Leo, has been volunteering at RIDBC for 10 years.

“My wife Maureen was already volunteering at RIDBC Alice Bettridge School, so I was aware of the nature and scope of work done by the devoted volunteers at RIDBC and wanted to contribute also,” said Leo. “I like volunteering as it gives me an opportunity to make a contribution to an aspect of society which is intrinsically worthwhile.”

72-year-old Leo has been a committed volunteer ever since.

“As a volunteer driver, I’m involved in picking up children and their parents and transporting them from the airport or their homes to RIDBC at North Rocks. I’m also involved with transporting supporters or fundraisers to various activities.

“The favourite part of the role is the interaction with the parents and their children. They are the most wonderful people and their love of, and dedication to, their children is truly inspirational,” said Leo.

Leo also enjoys working as a volunteer with the Law Society of NSW, drives community buses with the Hills Community Centre and conducts parliamentary simulations with secondary schools.

“I really enjoy volunteering and would definitely encourage others to give it a go,” said Leo. “In a world saturated with media reporting what is going wrong in society, volunteering offers an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to what is going right.”

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 vision or hearing 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.