Passion unbowed by disability

He’s deaf and almost blind, but Patrick Rego does not let that stop him performing.
He’s deaf and almost blind, but Patrick Rego does not let that stop him performing.

Mr Rego was born in Burma and lost his hearing at the age of 10, later losing his sight to glaucoma.

He plays regularly at seniors’ concerts and his local church, and says he enjoys music because it relaxes him and brings happiness to others.

‘My father taught us all to play an instrument, my nine brothers and sisters and me,’ Mr Rego says

‘We formed a band and played for our family and friends as well as the British and American Embassies.’

Senses Australia’s Deafblind Services (SADS) supports Mr Rego, who lives independently.

SADS manager Matthew Wittorff says Mr Rego is a true inspiration to everyone who knows him.

‘Despite losing his hearing and most of his sight, Patrick has not let anything stand in his way. His passion lies in playing his violin and entertaining those around him. He really is a remarkable person,’ Mr Wittorff said.

SADS is celebrating Deafblind Awareness Week from Monday June 23 to Sunday June 29 and is themed ‘we don’t need to see or hear in order to touch the world around us’.