Vodafone volunteers bring festive cheer to RIDBC

Children play with the animals at the kindy farm.Vodaphone volunteers provided face painting, a kindy farm and craft for RIDBC students.

30 Vodafone employees volunteered their time at a festive fun day for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), as part of International Volunteer Day on Wednesday 5 December.

The day saw students from RIDBC’s preschools and schools gather at RIDBC’s main site in North Rocks to take part in the festive celebrations, including; kindi farms, face painting and craft activities.

The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission report on not-for-profits, released January 2010, revealed 4.6 million volunteers work in the not-for-profit sector, contributing a wage equivalent of $15 billion to the economy.

In 2011, volunteers contributed over 27,000 hours of work to RIDBC - approximately 40% of RIDBC’s ‘total workforce’. In the same year RIDBC welcomed 25 visits from corporate groups, equating to more than 800 volunteering hours.

RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, said he was extremely grateful to Vodafone for their ongoing support.

“As a charity, RIDBC relies significantly on the generosity of the community to make a difference in the lives of children with vision or hearing loss. Corporate support such as this ensures we are able to maintain our quality and innovative services so that these children achieve their best outcomes,” said Mr Rehn.

The Community Day is organised by the Vodafone Foundation, set up in 2002 to create opportunities for Vodafone employees to make a sustainable difference to the community.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia. As Australia’s premier provider of training and education for professionals in the field of sensory disability, RIDBC ensures that services delivered throughout government and non-government organisations remains cutting-edge.