Sir Michael Parkinson
Sir Michael Parkinson never hesitates to go in and bat for his favourite Australian organisation.
Fans of Michael will be aware of his great affection for Australia and for cricket, but may not realise his generous regard for and interest in NextSense (formerly RIDBC), which he has supported for 30 years.
In 1983, Michael created a mascot for Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (now NextSense) called “Rockie Woofit”, an Australian version of his successful UK characters “The Woofits”, which featured in his children’s books and television series. For almost 20 years, this name represented one of the organisations preschools at North Rocks. The formerly named Rockie Woofit Preschool (now know as NextSense Spoken Language Preschool) holds a very special place in the history of NextSense.