RIDBC Hunter says thank you to the Rural Fire Service

RIDBC Hunter preschoolers with visitors from the Rural Fire Service

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Hunter Preschool recently welcomed a visit from the Rural Fire Service. The children took the opportunity to thank the firefighters for their recent efforts fighting the bushfires that threatened the region.

The firefighters shared a fire safety message with the children supported by RIDBC Hunter.

“It was such a timely visit, helping the children learn about safe behaviours during a fire. The children were introduced to what the firefighters look like when they have all of their gear on. We do that so the children won’t be afraid of them in the case of a fire,” said RIDBC Hunter Director, Wendy Dorn.

“The children learnt safety procedures like ‘get down low and go, go, go’, how to ‘drop and roll’ and that they need to meet the firefighters at their letterbox if their house is on fire.

“The children also took the opportunity to present the firefighters with a thank you card, acknowledging all the hard work the Rural Fire Service did in the face of the terrible recent fires.”

RIDBC Hunter, based at Floraville, offers both an early learning program and preschool, assisting children from birth to school age who have vision or hearing loss. RIDBC Hunter works with families to tailor a program that meets the individual needs of each child.

RIDBC Hunter currently supports more than 60 families of children with vision or hearing loss in the Hunter region.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia. 

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $800,000 each year to support Hunter region children.