Taking to the Skies to Help Deaf and Blind Children

A family from RIDBC Alice Betterdige School

The annual Qantas Jumbo Joy Flight, in association with the Rotary Club of Turramurra, took to the skies for 90 minutes last Saturday 24 November to support 350 children and carers with a fun day out.

The 90 minute flight over Sydney and its surrounds included 40 students and carers from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Alice Betteridge School. The school caters for school-age students from Kindergarten to Year 12 with a significant hearing or vision loss as well as a level of intellectual impairment.

“The Jumbo Joy Flight was again an amazing day. It’s incredible to experience firsthand how much joy the experience brings to those on the flight – it is a truly humbling experience indeed,” said RIDBC Event Co-ordinator, Kaye Bailey.

“We’re again very thankful to all involved to help make this special day happen.”

This once in a lifetime experience takes dozens of dedicated volunteers nine months to prepare for, with Qantas Tech and Cabin Crew, and staff at the Sydney International Terminal including Security, Customs and Ground Crew, all volunteering  their time to make the day happen.

Qantas Airways Limited generously donates an aircraft for the flight and Shell provides the fuel, with the day also supported by McDonalds.

The Rotary Club of Turramurra and the Qantas Pathfinders Auxiliary have been providing this wonderful event for 39 years. Qantas Pathfinders is a committee formed in 1967 and based in the Qantas community set up with the sole purpose of raising funds for RIDBC.

RIDBC provides quality and innovative education and other services to achieve the best outcomes for current and future generations with hearing and/or vision loss throughout Australia.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support as it must raise approximately 2.5 million dollars each month in order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs.