Think a five cent donation in a charity tin won’t make a difference? Think again.
The spare change of patrons at Batemans Bay’s Bayview Hotel has been adding up and providing a helping hand to deaf and blind children across the region.
The Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children’s local treasurer, Brian McGrath, said the donation point never failed to bring home the big bucks, with a recent $191 donation proving how quickly small change can add up.
Mr McGrath said the tin was one of several “big spinners” around town and it didn’t take long for a few hundred dollars to accumulate from five cent pieces.
“The money helps families with hearing and eyesight tests,” Mr McGrath said.
“It also helps with travelling costs – the getting there (to the city) and getting home.
“It’s a benefit for a lot of people who don't have a lot of money, but have children who may be deaf or blind.”
Funds raised directly support children on the Far South Coast.
The Institute provides education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children with vision or hearing loss and their families.
Mr McGrath said the local chapter was always looking for new, young members to help with fundraising.
“We want some new members,” he said.
“Most of us are elderly – our president is 84, another lady is 81. I’m about the youngest and I’m 60-odd.
“We’ve got to keep it going and think of the kids.”
The Institute benefits thousands of deaf or blind children and their families across Australia each year.
To donate or get involved with volunteering, visit the website at ridbc.org.au