A group of committed volunteers lifting the limits for children with hearing or vision loss. 

What We Do

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 13 Lantern Clubs across NSW, with a membership of over 500.

For over 55 years, RIDBC Lantern Clubs have fundraised for RIDBC through a variety of fun and creative activities including Literary Luncheons, morning teas, raffles, fashion shows, and, much more.

Lantern Clubs raise funds and awareness for RIDBC’s Alternative Format Publications (AFP). AFP create tactile and braille resources for children all over Australia – from babies as young as a few weeks old to school students needing textbooks translated into braille to allow them to keep up with their class. This ensures children are not held back by their vision impairment and are able to live a life unlimited. Since 1964, our Lantern Club members have raised more than $14 million to help support children with a vision or hearing loss.

How We Work

There are 14 clubs across NSW and each club has an Executive Committee including a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The clubs meet regularly to discuss their fundraising activities and to have fun and social catch-up’s.

Every 6 weeks, the Executive Committee from each club meet at the Central Council and discuss the ongoing activities. There is a Central Council Executive Committee who oversee all Central Council activities including the end of year Annual Combined Luncheon.

Our goal is to engage our community with our fundraising activities which help raise awareness for the valuable support and services that RIDBC provide for children with hearing loss.

Get Involved

 Do you like socialising and being involved in fun and creative activities?

 Would you like to be a part of an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers?

 Do you want to make a difference and help lift the limits for children with hearing or vision loss?



Then you should join a Lantern Club today! For more information on Lantern Clubs sign up now or contact your nearest Lantern Club.

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Find an Event

Lantern Clubs are always hosting fun and entertaining fundraising events. We'll see you in the New Year for the list of 2019 events! 

Maitland Lantern Club Invites you to... Lunch with Di Morrissey

Date: Friday 15 November 2019

Time: 11am for an 11.30am start

Where: Easts Leisure and Golf Club, Tenambit Street, East Maitland

Cost: $55 per person includes lunch

RSVP: Helen Heydon 49 339051 or Jan Richardson 49 755101 by Friday 8 November or email
your name, and the number of tickets, and their names, plus any dietary requirements to janorich@telstra.com.

Find a Lantern Club

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.

Contact your neatest Lantern Club via contact information below or for more information about Lantern Clubs email LanternClub@ridbc.org.au

Avoca Beach Lantern Club

Established in 1972. 

Club meetings

Avoca Beach Lantern Club meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1pm at the Waterford Retirement Village, Kincumber Street, Kincumber.

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Contact info

Marie Fuller

(President)

Phone: 4382 2264

Email: marie_fuller@optusnet.com.au

Blacktown Lantern Club

Established in 1972.

Club meetings

Blacktown Lantern Club meets at the Jack Robinson Room, Blacktown Workers Club, Campbell St, Blacktown every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Mary Holdsworthy

(Secretary)

Phone: 9671 1878 or 0402 943 149

Email: columbia98@hotmail.com

Blue Mountains Lantern Club

Established in 1969.

Club meetings

Blue Mountains Lantern Club meets at Springwood Sports Club, 83 Macquarie Road, Springwood every 3rd Thursday of the month at 11.00 am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Diane Marris

(President)

Phone: 4751 9697 or 0409 662 344

Email: dma.26751@bigpond.com

Camden Haven Lantern Club

Established in 1986.

Club meetings

Camden Haven Lantern Club meets at Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton Street, Laurieton every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Carol Bennett

(Secretary)

Phone: 6586 3347

Email: bonnypublishing1@bigpond.com

Cronulla Lantern Club

Established in 1965.

Club meetings

Cronulla Lantern Club meets at Hammondgrove, Bellingara Rd, Miranda every 1st Monday of the month at 1:30pm. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Patricia Woodford

(President)

Phone: 0419 618 123 

Email: p.woodford@optusnet.com.au

Far South Coast Lantern Club

Established in 1994. 

Club meetings

Far South Coast Lantern Club meets at Bayswater Resort, Princes Hwy, Batemans Bay every 3rd Wednesdayof the month at 11am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Patricia Bower

(Secretary)

Phone: 4471 1336

Email: tbpower@bigpond.com

Forster Tuncurry Lantern Club

Established in 2001.

Club meetings

Forster Tuncurry Lantern Club meets at CWA Rooms, Little Street, Forster every 2nd Thursday of the month at 1:30pm. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Margaret Pollard

(Secretary)

Phone: 6555 8997

Email: teaset78@gmail.com

Goulburn Lantern Club

Established in 1977. 

Club meetings

Goulburn Lantern Club meets at Centretown Lagoon Motel, 77 Lagoon Street, Goulburn every 2nd Friday of the month at 11am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Rona Hope

(President)

Phone: 4821 5148

Email: thehopeys@gmail.com

Hornsby & District Lantern Club

Established in 1973. 

Club meetings

Hornsby Lantern Club meets at Leisure and Learning Centre, 8 Warne St, Pennant Hills every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Joanne Gracie

(President)

Phone: 9484 5608

Email: joanneg@speednet.com.au

Maitland Lantern Club

Established in 1966. 

Club meetings

Maitland Lantern Club meets at East Maitland Bowling Club, Bank Street, East Maitland every 1st Tuesday of the month at 10:30am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Pauline Hogg

Phone: 0432 599 775

Email: pgandlex@outlook.com

Mosman Lantern Club

Established in 1964, Mosman was one of the first Lantern Clubs. It closed down in 1992, and was started again in 2000. 

Club meetings

Mosman Lantern Club meets at 3/14 Esther Road, Mosman or 16/67 Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:30am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Elaine Cox

(President)

Phone: 0428 469 990

Email: elainecox11@gmail.com

Parramatta Lantern Club

Established in 1964, Parramatta is one of the first Lantern Clubs. 

Club meetings

Parramatta Lantern Club meets at RIDBC North Rocks every 1st Wednesday of the month at 1pm. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Elaine Brock

(President)

Phone: 0438 396 159

Email: elaineishome1@bigpond.com

Ryde Lantern Club

Established in 1966. 

Club meetings

Ryde Lantern Club meets at St Anne’s Centre, Church Street, Top Ryde every 3rd Monday of the month at 10am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Rosemary Costa

(President)

Phone: 9809 4979

Warringah Lantern Club

Established in 2006. 

Club meetings

Warringah Lantern Club meets at Dee Why RSL Club, 932 Pittwater Road, Dee Why every 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30am. Visitors welcome.

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Contact info

Judy Sunnex

(President)

Phone: 9977 4818

EMail: judysunnex@yahoo.com.au