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Our RSB Ambassadors

Sharing the RSB's vision to make a difference are RSB ambassadors Erin Bell from the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Rachael Leahcar an RSB Client and recording artist and international sporting superstar Derek Rabelo as the RSB's first international ambassador.
As respected leaders in their fields, the support of the RSB ambassadors delivers invaluable messages to the wider community about the important work that the RSB undertakes. Their attendance at RSB events also assists us to generate new interest and reach new audiences.


Introducing the RSB Ambassador Team!


Derek Rabelo - International Sporting Star

Born with congenital glaucoma and completely blind, this 26 year old Brazilian is acknowledged as one of the most celebrated blind surfers on the planet and one of the most inspiring sports people of his time. Surfing alongside superstars such as Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning, Derek has conquered some of the biggest waves in the world including the famous pipeline in Hawaii. Derek is also a keen downhill skateboarder and snowboarder competing in events around the world. Derek chronicled his challenges and achievements in the documentary ‘Beyond Sight’. Derek is currently filming and producing a new movie of him taking on massive waves around the planet. RSB customers will be treated to a special premiere screening of this movie upon its release.
 
This unique ambassadorship program leverages the power of digital and social platforms to share important messages and initiatives on a global stage. The RSB are absolutely thrilled and honoured that Derek has joined us as an official ambassador, to promote the RSB to the world and represent the vision impaired and blind community. Derek epitomises our attitude in everything we try to do with those who are blind or living with vision loss in our communities.
 
“I am honoured to have been chosen to represent the RSB and to perform this important role”.
“This is an opportunity for me to give back and encourage people to set their goals and to live their dreams”.
“I am passionate about the work that the RSB does and am encouraged by their approach to engage and harness the enthusiasm and opportunities” said RSB ambassador Derek Rabelo.
 
Derek has just completed his first book – Beyond these Eyes, an autobiography which will be launched in May this year. The book is written by Lynn Goldsmith and shares Derek’s life story – a little boy that was born blind, but had big dreams.
 
Stay tuned as we will soon release a special video interview with Derek called Derek Rabelo unplugged. We will share the video through our website and Facebook page.
 
To find out more about Derek Rabelo visit his website www.derekrabelo.com
 
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Erin Bell - Adelaide Thunderbirds

"I became an RSB Ambassador due to my own personal experience with vision impairment. I have worn glasses/contact lenses since I was 10 years old and would not have been able to pursue my sporting dreams without vision correction."

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Rachael Leahcar - RSB Client and Recording Artist

"I was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa and one day, I will be totally blind. This would be scary if not for the Royal Society for the Blind. As an ambassador for them, I hope I can do everything in my power to help others like myself live their lives to the fullest, like the RSB has helped me to do."

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For more information please call (08) 8417 5555 or email social@rsb.org.au