Shining a light for the deaf and blind

Members of a newly-lit beacon plan to brighten the futures of children with vision or hearing loss in the Dubbo district.

Orana Lantern Club has in its second year re-dedicated itself to supporting the work of "Australia's premier special educator".

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides a wide range of innovative education programs and other services, and is committed to using the newest technology, but as a charity it relies heavily on the community.

The club has risen to the challenge and will hold the Lantern Ladies Day Out and Market Day on Sunday as its major fundraiser for the year.

It will be an event of food, fashion and more at Narromine boutique Ruby Maine, and a warm-up to Christmas.

Dubbo women can either purchase a gold ticket, which includes return coach travel to Narromine and a light luncheon for $30, or a silver ticket for $20, which includes the meal but not transport.

Local stallholders will also set up in the courtyard to display candles, food, children's clothing and other wares for sale.

Club president Charmain Woodbury encouraged those who wanted to purchase a gold ticket to hurry because there were only 45 seats available on the coach.

Unlimited silver tickets will also be available at the door of Ruby Maine on the day.

Orana Lantern Club members are proud to be part of one of the 22 NSW clubs and recently launched a Facebook page to reach out to the community.

"We are the only Lantern Club west of the Blue Mountains," club member Susan Chapman said.

"Lantern Clubs are a great way to assist the education of kids with vision or hearing loss."

Lantern Ladies Day Out tickets are available at Baby Central at Dubbo or Ruby Maine at Narromine.

Readers who hit 'like' on the club's Facebook page will go into the draw to win a $100 gift voucher from Ruby Maine.

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