The Maitland Black and White Committee is responsible for co-ordinating a broad range of fundraising events for Vision Australia (formerly known as the Royal Blind Society) and its many services. The Maitland Black and White Committee is generously supported by local Hunter businesses. Hosting two major fundraisers each year, the Annual Luncheon, which occurs between March and the middle of June, (the date is determined by the availability of the Guest Speaker), catering for 350 guests and the Maitland Garden Ramble (which features approximately 10 local gardens and is held on the third weekend in September). 2017 marked the 50th Annual Luncheon.
Vision Australia is a living partnership between people who are blind or have low vision. We are united by our passion that in the future people who are blind or have low vision will have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose. Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. Who work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.
The Maitland Black and White Committee in partnership with Vision Australia, is trying to create a community partnership of knowledge, skills and expertise to enrich the participation in life of people who are blind or vision impaired and their families. We will ensure that the community recognises their capabilities and contributions.
The Maitland Black and White Committee began in 1956 with a committee of male members, with Mr Frank Hector as its Foundation President. It was disbanded in early 1961 and reformed later that year. The committee organised an auxiliary of 20 women, with which it worked until 1968, when the senior committee retired. This left the 20 women members as The Maitland Black and White Committee of the Royal Blind Society of NSW.
Maitland Black and White Committee meets once a month, to organise fundraising activities, to help support the work of Vision Australia (formerly known as the Royal Blind Society) providing assistance providing assistance to people who are blind or have low vision in the Hunter Region.