RIDBC Darwin named charity partner for Carols by Candlelight

RIDBC Darwin named charity partner for Carols by CandlelightRIDBC Darwin named charity partner for Carols by Candlelight

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has been named charity partner for the 2015 Darwin Carols by Candlelight event in The Gardens, 6:30pm on Sunday 6 December.

This annual community initiative has this year partnered with RIDBC Darwin, a local provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss.

"We are so pleased to be involved in this year’s Carols by Candlelight event," said RIDBC audiologist Jennifer Jansen. “This is a fantastic initiative and a great opportunity for the local community to support a local charity providing services in the Top End.

Entry to the event is by gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to RIDBC Darwin.

“All funds raised will help us continue to provide essential, educational, clinical and audiological support to people in the Northern Territory,” said Jennifer. “Be sure to look out for our volunteers selling raffle tickets and glow sticks!”

For 72 year old retiree, Michael, who lives in Woodroffe, SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, an RIDBC service, has provided the support he needs to regain access to sound.

"My hearing began to deteriorate about 20 years ago," said Michael.

When hearing aids were no longer giving Michael access to sound, he looked into cochlear implants.

"I now have two cochlear implants and I have about 90% of my hearing back!" said Michael. "I can hear my wife, Barbara, again. I can hear the birds and the frogs, the TV and the radio. I can even hear a pin drop from 20 metres away.

"Prior to receiving my implants I had a very lonely existence. I was unable to join in conversations or go to dinner because of all the background noise. Now life is totally different.

"The support provided by SCIC Cochlear Implant Program in Darwin is first class. They are there to help you anytime. Anyone with a hearing problem who wants to live life to the fullest again, I really encourage you to look at your options. My hearing future is now guaranteed."      

Carols by Candlelight is sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and Darwin City Council. The Army Band, Darwin Youth Choir and the Darwin Chorale will be performing on the night.

RIDBC Darwin provides education, therapy, and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, and their families. The centre provides an integrated, transdisciplinary service delivered by highly qualified and experienced staff who implement individual programs collaboratively with each family.

SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, a service of RIDBC, supports clients to access a range of implantable hearing devices according to their needs. The program provides support for life with a seamless, end-to-end suite of services, from early intervention and education; through to specialist assessment; surgical liaison and support; and re/habilitation services, delivering the highest level of care and support to people of all ages.

As a charity, RIDBC Darwin relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with vision or hearing loss.