Volunteers and families bring the World Cup to RIDBC!

(left) Nathaniel, who has hearing loss, enjoys the RIDBC open day with his family

A group 20 families, as well as 17 volunteers from Coca-Cola Amatil, Momentum Energy and Westpac, recently supported students from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Alice Betteridge School to hold their sports themed open day.

RIDBC Alice Betteridge School caters for students who have a significant vision or hearing loss as well as a level of intellectual impairment.

“Our theme was the World Cup, so each of our classrooms picked a country to represent,” said RIDBC Alice Betteridge School Curriculum Co-ordinator, Jessteene Clifford. “We started the day with an assembly where we had a flag presenting ceremony and then each classroom took part in games that used a soccer ball – everything from kickball to a Japanese game where you had to keep the ball off the ground.”

The day ended in a kick-off between the students and the staff and parents.

“The students won!” said Jessteene. “The day was a great opportunity for the students to keep active and practice the communication skills they have been learning in class. It was also fantastic to give our families and corporate supporters the opportunity to be more involved in the school community – everyone had a great day!

“It is only with the generous support of corporate supporters that RIDBC can continue to lead the way in supporting children with vision or hearing loss.”

RIDBC volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including; classroom tasks, formatting material for vision impaired children, gardening, administration, fundraising and transport. To find out more visit www.ridbc.org.au/volunteers or call 02 9872 0345.

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.