RIDBC's Kaye Bailey and volunteers help set up Book FairThe 2011 RIDBC Book, Toy and Music fair raised a record–breaking $27,000

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) raised a record–breaking $27,000 at its Annual Book, Toy and Music Fair, held on 16 and 17 July, 2011.

The fundraising event smashed the $20,000 raised in 2010, with over 30,000 donated items helping to get RIDBC over the line.

Event Organiser, Kaye Bailey said the Book, Toy and Music Fair was a huge success largely because of the efforts of the many volunteers who helped out in the lead–up to the event, as well as on the day.

“A huge thank you must be extended to all the volunteers who helped at the Fair as we could not have made it such a success without them,” said Kaye.

“I must also say thank you to the public who came to support us. All the funds raised will go towards helping RIDBC provide children with sensory impairment the education and support they need.”

Beyond the books, toys and music were goodies like Devonshire tea, jams, pickles, arts and craft and bric–a–brac.

“What keeps bringing people back year after year is the fact that we are one of the most well organised book and toy fairs in Sydney – and they know the proceeds are going to help the children,” Kaye said.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support to over 1000 children with significant hearing or vision impairment and their families across Australia. It provides hearing and vision assessment to 1000s more each year.

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.