Best friends busk in support of RIDBC

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Ten year old best friends, Emma and Izzy, took to Hornsby mall with their violins in the lead up to Christmas to try and raise funds for Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

The pair spent two hours busking in the mall, raising over $100 in support of the children and adults with vision or hearing loss who access RIDBC’s broad range of services.

“The girls originally came up with the idea when attending the weekend markets held at RIDBC in North Rocks,” said Emma’s mother, Leonie. “Both Emma and Izzy are Girl Guides and this has given them a great foundation in thinking about community service, something that both our families really encourage.

“Emma also wants to be a teacher working with children with additional needs when she grows up, so she feels really connected to the work of RIDBC.”

In preparation for the day, Emma and Izzy put together a music program of both duets and solo performances. They also took the time to hand out flyers about RIDBC’s services and ask for donations.

“The girls loved the day,” said Leonie. “We are always speaking to them about the fact that giving back is just as fun as receiving, so it was wonderful to see them take the initiative and put that idea into practice.”

Community fundraisers just like Emma and Izzy are truly inspirational people with passion and energy for a cause that is close to their heart.

To raise funds for RIDBC through your own event or learn more about RIDBC’s current community fundraising opportunities, call 1800 043 411or go to

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

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, clinical and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.

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