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Committees

There are many people who volunteer and support the work of NextSense through involvement in various clubs and committees.
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Lantern Clubs

Lantern Clubs are made up of over 500 enthusiastic, committed volunteers from 10 clubs. For over 55 years Lantern Clubs have raised money for NextSense through a variety of fun events and activities including literary luncheons, open gardens, morning teas, raffles, fashion shows, and much more.

The NextSense Lantern Clubs were established in 1964 with four founding clubs at Randwick, Ashfield, Parramatta, and Mosman, Sydney. Now, Lantern Clubs operate as far north of Sydney as Forster, as far south as Batemans Bay and west to the Blue Mountains. And many also operate across metropolitan Sydney.

Qantas Pathfinders

Qantas Pathfinders holds the record as the longest corporate partnership with NextSense. They've been passionately raising funds for us since 1967.

The Pathfinders Auxiliary is made up of enthusiastic Qantas staff (past and present) who organise fun and unique annual events like the Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight, the Qantas Pathfinders Revue, and the Qantas Jumbo Joy Flight.

Horizon Committee

The Horizon Committee is a dedicated and successful fundraising committee for NextSense. Its members are women from all walks of life and backgrounds who have a common goal to improve the lives of children with hearing or vision loss, including children with additional disabilities.

NextSense provides the best possible early intervention and education options for over 1,200 children with hearing or vision loss each year thanks to the support and funds raised by the Committee.

The Committee began in 1984 when Colleen Keys and several other Motherhood Quest winners and finalists wished to see the valuable fundraising work for NextSense (then known as Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children) continue. Friends and associates of these women have also joined or supported the committee for over 29 years.

Committee President Colleen Keys OAM and Horizon Committee members organise many enjoyable events each year that offer great value for money. Annual functions include the Parliament House Literary Lunch, Horizon Race Day, Oaks Day Luncheon, and Christmas Cocktail Party. The committee also holds special events such as book launches, celebrity guest speaking lunches, and art shows.

NextSense is grateful for the contribution the Horizon Committee members have made over the past 29 years through fundraising and increasing awareness of the work we do.

Abstract Committee

The Abstract Committee is one of NextSense's longest-serving committees, formed in 1965. The Committee is made up of a group of businesspeople who meet once a month. They raise funds for NextSense through the sale of Entertainment Memberships, functions, and an annual trivia night.

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