The National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is hosting its annual Radio-Telethon on Saturday 20th October. The fundraiser takes place at the Prospect Playhouse and is broadcast simultaneously on Radio Cayman and Cayman 27 from 7 pm to midnight. This is the largest fundraiser held by the NCVO each year, and money raised helps to maintain and operate the organisation which is one of Cayman's longest running charities.
This year marks the 39th Radio-Telethon in which the NCVO hopes to raise upwards of its annual goal of CI$140,000. Corporate donations are encouraged, and the public is invited to phone in to make a pledge on the FLOW sponsored number 946-3136 or donate online at www.caymangiftcertficates.com.
“We have depended on our sponsors every year for close to four decades; staff at FLOW, Radio Cayman and Cayman 27 have always done a great job in helping to fundraise on our behalf, and for that we are grateful,” said Mona Meade, the NCVO Coordinator.
A time-honoured tradition of the five-hour broadcast is its hourly prize drawings. Many of Cayman’s leading retailers and restaurants gift the organisation with prizes as an incentive to those who pledge any amount. Those prizes include numerous gift certificates from popular stores, restaurants, attractions and beauty retailers around the island.
"The success of our Radio-Telethon is crucial to the survival of the NCVO’s programmes" explains Mrs. Meade. “We could not do it without the support from our corporate and retail sponsors; the show’s producer Eden Hurlston, the team at the Cayman Drama Society and of course all the performers,” she said.
Year after year, the NCVO has been fortunate to attract an outstanding level of talent who donate their time and talent in support of its seven programmes. Performances set for this year include Beniel Miller, Little Magic, Kate and Melody Allenger, an improv drum jam and back by popular demand, Hi Tide. These and lots of other great acts will entertain audiences throughout the live show while some of broadcast media’s most popular personalities will make appearances alongside this year’s hosts CIG TV20’s Donna Bush and Cayman 27’s Joe Avary.
Ms. Bush who has volunteered for many years encourages the public to watch or listen in. “The audience can definitely expect to watch and hear some of the best local talents, from our very diverse population,” said Ms. Bush.
“There are so many people who want to give, and this is such a seamless way to do just that. I honestly can’t think of a better way to give back to our community,” she added.
For more information or to donate to the NCVO before the Radio-Telethon, contact the NCVO at 949-2124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.