What are Lantern Clubs?
Lantern Clubs are made up of enthusiastic, fun-loving and committed volunteers who fundraise for RIDBC through activities that include events, raffles and street stalls. There are more than 20 Lantern Clubs across NSW, with a membership of over 1000. Since 1964, they have raised more than $14 million to help support children with a vision impairment or hearing loss.
Lantern Clubs offer members the chance to be enterprising in a fun, social setting, while at the same time allowing these members to contribute to the important work of RIDBC, Australia’s largest independent special educator.
History of Lantern Clubs
The RIDBC Lantern Clubs were established in 1964 with four founding clubs at Randwick, Ashfield, Parramatta and Mosman. Now, Lantern Clubs operate as far north as Camden Haven, as far south as Batemans Bay and west, our newest Club – Orana. There are also many across the metropolitan Sydney area.
The Horizon Committee is a dedicated and successful fundraising committee for RIDBC. Its members are women from all walks of life and backgrounds who have a common goal to improve the lives of children with hearing loss and/or vision impairment, including children with additional disabilities.
RIDBC is able to provide the best possible early intervention and education options for over 1200 children with sensory loss each year with the help of much needed money raised by the Committee.
The Committee began in 1984 when Mrs Colleen Keys and several other Motherhood Quest winners and finalists wished to see the valuable fundraising work for RIDBC continue. Over the past 29 years, friends and associates of these women have also joined or supported the committee.
Mrs Colleen Keys OAM, President of the Committee, and the Horizon Committee members organise and conduct many enjoyable events each year that offer great value for money. Annual functions include the Parliament House Literary Lunch, Horizon Race Day, Oaks Day Luncheon, and Christmas Cocktail Party. The committee also holds special events such as book launches, celebrity guest speaking lunches and art shows.
RIDBC is grateful for the contribution the Horizon Committee members have made over the past twenty-nine years through their fundraising efforts and increasing the awareness of our work amongst their supporters.
The Abstract Committee is RIDBC’s longest serving committee, formed in 1965. The Committee is made up of a group of business people, who meet once a month. The Abstract Committee raise funds for RIDBC through the sale of Entertainment Books, functions, and an annual trivia night.