Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children to make Christmas brighter

The McGuire's
The McGuire's

The Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children are urging Australians to dig deep this holiday.

The Institute, which is based in North Rocks, has launched its Life Unlimited Christmas campaign which will go towards the RIDBC Early Intervention Program, which costs $17,000 per child per year.

Donations will also continue to enable RIDBC to enhance its services through innovation and technology, to improve outcomes for those with vision or hearing loss. 

Sydney resident Dee McGuire has two daughters including Pip who is aged 7 and was born deaf, and Gem aged one-and- a-half, who was born with a serious vision impairment. They know first-hand the difference early intervention can make. 

“My daughters Pip and Gem have truly benefited from the RIDBC programs,” she said. 

“By having access to a range of specialists from occupational therapists to physiotherapists and speech pathologists, they’ve been able to learn the tools to help them to succeed in life, making them more self-reliant and confident in their abilities. 

“It’s been a challenging road so far, but with the help of RIDBC and those that donate, it has been made a little easier, and their future is looking very bright.”

More than 12,000 children in Australia currently experience significant hearing loss or are born deaf or hard of hearing. 120 children are born with a significant vision impairment each year.

RIDBC supports over 8,000 Australians who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have vision impairment.

Chief executive of the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children Chris Rehn said the money was important to continue the work the Institute preforms.

“This year’s fundraising will support our mission to assist children with vision and hearing impairment and their families,” he said.

“Our ambitious target is to raise over $500,000, so we are asking Australians to please give generously where they can, so we can continue to give all children equal access to communication, education, literacy, therapy and health services.

“There are many ways that people can help this Christmas, from giving spare change, to volunteering their time. In a time of plenty, why not give to someone in need, which is what the holiday season is all about.”

Three ways you can help to give to a life unlimited:

  1. One-off donation: Instead of giving Christmas presents and gift cards, give the gift of a donation! Visit www.givelifeunlimited.org.au.
  2. Volunteer: Think about what skills you could bring to RIDBC’s corporate volunteer groups to help with national fundraising drives.
  3. Regular donation: Make your wallet a little lighter each month and become part of RIDBC’s regular giving program, knowing that for the price of a coffee a day, you are helping children like Gem and Pip live a life unlimited. Or you can call RIDBC’s donor hotline on 1800 043 411.

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