50 years of great support

Blue Mountains Lantern Club will mark its 50th anniversary with a special luncheon at Springwood Sports Club on Wednesday, October 9.

The club has raised more than $750,000 for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) over the past 50 years. Money raised currently goes to producing Braille books.

Sharing their story: Belinda Tyrrell with her daughters Mikeeli (right) and Morgan, who is blind.

Sharing their story: Belinda Tyrrell with her daughters Mikeeli (right) and Morgan, who is blind.

RIDBC is Australia's largest non-government provider of educational therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, their families and the professionals who support them.

As the oldest charity in Australia, the range of professional services benefits thousands of children, adults and professionals every year. This includes 100 families in the Blue Mountains, Nepean and Hawkesbury regions.

Special guest at the luncheon will be Morgan Tyrrell, who was diagnosed with coats disease - a rare congenital eye disorder- at two-months-old.

"Morgan has been blind in both eyes since then. Morgan's mother has faced many challengers since the diagnosis so it's a great opportunity to hear their story," said Blue Mountains Lantern Club publicity officer, Roz Richards.

"Morgan will be entertaining us with some of her music and we will have founding members, past supporters and well-wishers joining us for this special lunch."

Luncheon cost is $45 per person. RSVP to Ruth Stevenson on 4739 4623. The anniversary celebration starts at 11am for an 11.30am lunch.