RIDBC's Annual Book Toy and Music Fair is just around the corner!

Anna uses a stand magnifier to help her read her favourite books

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is encouraging people of all ages to come and pick up a bargain at the RIDBC Annual Book, Toy and Music Fair, Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June.

The Fair will be held at RIDBC Renwick Centre, 361-365 North Rock Road, North Rocks, from 8am – 3pm.

This is an important fundraiser for RIDBC, with all proceeds helping RIDBC to continue supporting children with hearing or vision loss. One of those students is twelve year old Anna, who has vision loss. She attends RIDBC Alice Betteridge School, which caters for students who have a significant vision or hearing loss as well as a level of intellectual impairment.

“Anna absolutely loves to read, she will take every opportunity she can to do so. When the students have down time Anna will always take that opportunity to open a book,” said RIDBC Teacher, Alana Bracken.

“Anna wears glasses to help her see, but in order to read she also relies on technology. We use a CCTV reader to magnify text, as well as a hand-held stand magnifier.

“We try and support Anna’s passion for books with her curriculum activities. This term we are asking her to compile all the new words she learns into a handmade dictionary – and that’s been a fantastic resource in helping her to develop her vocabulary.”

RIDBC’s 2013 Annual Book, Toy and Music Fair will be better than ever, with a book for everyone - whether you are a professional book collector or a family looking for a fun day out: from recipes to history books, romance novels and more! It will also include a large assortment of specialist collectibles.

RIDBC is expecting a record attendance with the aim of raising more than $30,000 to help provide services and education programs to children with a sensory impairment.

For further enquiries please contact Kaye Bailey on 02 9872 0329.

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 $2.5 million every month.