Cathy now hears the world around her — an experience she describes as amazing.

As most of us wind down as the year ends, Cathy and her husband Keith are just getting started. The Blacktown couple are Santa and Mrs Claus at a host of Western Sydney venues — from pre-schools to shopping centres and in their own home where it all began.

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Cassidy shares her story of meeting Malala

In 2012, fifteen-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, was shot by a Taliban gunman because she fought for her right to go to high school, under a regime that didn’t recognise the right of women to continue their education. Here, 19-year-old cochlear implant recipient, Cassidy Chow, who is studying to become an Audiologist, shares her story of meeting this inspirational woman.

RIDBC School Support Students (Vision Impairment) with their support teachers.

Each year, NASA shares their US Space and Rocket education Centre in Alabama with a group of students with vision impairment from around the world for the Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS).

Henry with his mum, Sarah

At just eight years old, bilateral cochlear implant recipient, Henry, has received support from RIDBC across regions, time zones, and even continents.

Djaan is both captain and coach of the first-grade side for Northern United, based in Lismore, NSW

Djaan Jarrett is a keen footballer, having played rugby league since childhood. In his late teens, he played for the NSW Central Coast in the second league of the NRL (National Rugby League). He has enjoyed a long career playing for first-grade teams across the NSW North Coast, where he was celebrated for his strong defence.

RIDBC Audiologist Elise Coombs (left) with Port Macquarie resident and cochlear implant recipient Marianne Kilmurray.

In a first for the state of NSW, RIDBC have partnered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District to provide end-to-end cochlear implant services at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and the newly refurbished RIDBC Port Macquarie centre.