Charity Radiothon

Can someone ask the weather to stop teasing us please! One good day is just not good enough so please rain can you do one now and can we have some sunshine? One of my goals when I set up the radio station was to make sure we did lots of work to help Charities. The Radiothon was set up in 2015 when Jo from our office asked the Breakfast Show if we would consider broadcasting for charity for 24 hours. This was duly accepted and the Radiothon was born. For the first 2 years we helped raise money to help the Pirates Charity Premiere and their charities. When the Premiere stopped in 2016 we decided to keep the fundraising going by setting up The Jacques Sasson Foundation. Jacques will best be remembered for his invention of the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca and employed me in 1994 and i have worked there ever since. So far, the Radiothon events have raised in total 64,319.98€ and we have made donations to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit for Children, Salvation Army, Shamabala Fundacion, Bloodwise, Calvia Lions, Help For Heroes, SOS Animal, Fundacion Nazareth and Club Vidalba. This year’s Radiothon will be on Friday the 11th of May from 08.00 until Saturday 11.00. I will be on air for 27 hours with my fellow presenters joining in throughout the day. You can help us raise as much money as possible by sponsoring an hour, challenging us to do something, bidding on our auction, buying raffle tickets, making a donation for a song or just simply making a donation.
The Charities that we will be supporting this year are, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. The total raised for GOSH since 2004 from Pirates and the radio since 2015 stands at 743,421.03€. Our relationship with Son Espases spans 4 years and in that time we have raised 28,723.89€. The other 2 charities we are supporting are Asociación Ondine and Feliz Animal Andratx. Over the course of the next couple of weeks I will explain to you more about the charities and what they do. If you would like to help in any way please send an email to me below or feel fee to call me on (0034) 670 704 311.
In the past week I have had the good fortune to meet two very different people from the sporting world. Firstly the presenter Dan Walker came to Pirates with his family. He works on BBC Breakfast Monday to Wednesday and presents Football Focus on Saturdays. He’s worked on 5Live and was part of the BBC coverage at the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Olympics. A devout Christian since the age of 12, he made a decision not to work on a Sunday once he started employment and has maintained that throughout his career. The launch of the WTA Mallorca Open happened this week at the Zafiro Palace Hotel in Palma Nova. Tournament Director “Uncle” Toni Nadal was there along with the World number 11 Angelique Kerber who will be taking part in the tournament. This year it will be from the 17th of June until the 24th of June in Santa Ponsa and it’s a great grass court tournament to watch just two weeks before Wimbledon.
Kerber shocked the tennis world in 2016 by reaching the Australian Open final and upsetting heavy favorite and world No. 1 Serena Williams in three sets. Later that season she made it to her second major final, in a rematch against Serena at Wimbledon, but this time couldn’t upset the all-time great. Kerber is dangerous regardless of where she plays, having won titles on all surfaces, green clay, red clay, grass courts and hard courts in her career. She’s an aggressive counter-puncher with an all-court game, and her left-handed strokes often throw off her opponents. Kerber won a silver medal at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016, and a month later defeated Karolina Pliskova in the U.S. Open final for her second major of the year. She became the new WTA world No. 1, ending Serena’s 186-week reign at the top.
Finally a win for Real Mallorca this week. Comfortable, playing well and 3-0 up for 75 minutes and then putting us through the ringer in the final 15 minutes where Lleida scored 2 goals. A win means they are six points clear at the top from second placed Villareal B, with 5 games to go. This weekend they play Elche who are in third place and seven points behind so a definite 6 pointer. After this weekend they play Olot(H), Sabadell(A), Badalona(H) and Deportivo Aragón(A). After that we will see.
What a week of comebacks it’s been in football this week. Barcelona losing a 4-1 lead to Roma and Real Madrid nearly going out to Juventus. All the talk though has been about that penalty and the reaction from the Juve players especially Gianluigi Buffon. For me it was a penalty, Mehdi Benatia, the guy who fouled Lucas Vazquez should have been sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity and Buffon was rightly sent off for pushing the referee Michael Oliver and basically abusing him straight in his face. At the moment we are not party to what he said but I’m sure he wasn’t wishing him a merry Christmas. Also sentiment can’t come into it either just because it was his last chance of winning a medal, it’s his last season and it was the 93rd minute aren’t excuses. The rules are the same and shouldn’t change. Would VAR have helped? Well not if you watched the pundits and everyone on social media as nobody agrees and everyone has a different opinion. Which when you think about makes football great as if it was all correct what would we have to argue about?
This has got to be story of the week. The National Poo Museum is set to get a permanent home in the Isle of Wight due to its popularity. The world renowned museum, which has dried specimens of dinosaur, human, lion, elk and other animal excrement, is currently mobile but the directors have begun a big push for a permanent home.
A £10,000 fundraising appeal has been launched so the National Poo Museum can renovate and move into Sandown Battery, a disused 19th century fort.
Visitors to the attraction will ‘discover the magic and secrets that live within poo’ as they enter the world of the number two.
The museum’s website has put a call out for donations: ‘Celebrities, would you consider donating one your actual poos to our collection?
The NPA, which started in Isle of Wight zoo, already has famous fans backing its appeal, which has reached £900 already.
BBC Springwatch host Kate Humble said: ‘The world would be a much poorer place without the National Poo Museum.
Enjoy your weekend.
I present the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca, online at on mobile through their free App for IPhone, Android, The Tunein Radio App and on the Spanish TDT TV service. If you can’t hear me on the radio then you’ll find me working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again i may make an understudy appearance!
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