There are many people who volunteer and support the work of RIDBC through involvement in various clubs and committees.
What are Lantern Clubs?
Lantern Clubs are made up of enthusiastic, fun-loving and committed volunteers who fundraise for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (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 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 metropolitan Sydney area.
A group of business people, meets once a month in Sydney and raises funds through the sale of Entertainment Books, the annual Book, Toy and Music Fair, elegant functions and a trivia night.
Formed in 1967, Pathfinders is based in the Qantas community and is one of Australia’s most successful fundraising auxiliaries. Activities include the annual Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight ,Qantas Pathfinders Revue (stage production), and trivia nights.
This Committee has a reputation for conducting well-organised social functions largely based in the eastern and northern suburbs, including one of Sydney’s best-dressed Spring Racing events, the Oaks Day luncheon.
RIDBC Hunter Parent and Friends Committee
Formally established in 2001, this committee raises funds to support RIDBC Hunter. Events include the increasingly successful Hunter Splash.
RIDBC Hunter Sight and Sound for Kids Committee
Established in 2011 is a team of Hunter business leaders that create strategic initiatives to help raise awareness and funds for RIDBC Hunter Preschool through various programs like the Sight and Sound for Kids Corporate Partnership Program and the Annual RIDBC Hunter Corporate Lunch.
For enquiries about joining any of these clubs, please contact RIDBC’s Community Relations team on (02) 9872 0326