12-yr-old helps blind and deaf

December 24, 2012 by  
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12-yr-old Josh Jackson is running a personal fund-raising campaign  to assist the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children…utilising his passion for skateboarding.

Josh (l) meets hearing impaired Andrew and Tobian

Josh (l) meets hearing impaired Andrew and Tobian

Josh, a year six student at Sydney’s Moriah College, launched his “Skating for Sound & Vision Campaign” to use his passion for skate boarding to help others less fortunate than himself. Josh launched his campaign by pledging to complete a minimum of10 hours skating and visiting at least 8 different skate parks across Sydney before the end of 2012.

Helping Tobian skateboard

Helping Tobian skateboard

A clear highlight of the campaign was a visit by Josh to the RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre at the Waverly War Memorial Hospital where together with three friends from Moriah College Saul Hirner, Ethan Grace and Isaac Cramer, they were met by  Maree Rennie, Centre Director and Terry Meskin, speech pathologist who  briefed them on their programs to assist hearing impaired children and their families. They also got to interact (and skateboard) with two young hearing impaired boys, Andrew and Tobian.

“This visit inspired me greatly to continue my fundraising campaign for RIDBC” Josh said, adding “I have been delighted by the response I have got so far from family and friends who have helped me raise $2340 so far” .

“I am very excited about what I have achieved and very grateful for the generous support I have received so far. It would be delighted if members of the broader community would join in and help me to reach or exceed my goal of $3000 by the end of 2012.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) provides a wide range of innovative services and educational programs for children with hearing and/or vision loss. Over 1000 children with significant vision and/or hearing loss are benefiting from RIDBC’s broad range of tailored services. As well, RIDBC provides vision and hearing screening to more than 2000 babies and children each year. RIDBC supports children from their first weeks of life right through their teenage years.

Josh’s “Skating for Sound & Vision” campaign page via the Everyday Hero site can be found at.http://www.everydayhero.com.au/lawrence_jackson

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