Having spent 30 years living on the island, there’s been plenty of ups and downs. To be honest I’ve been lucky enough to experience more ups than downs. However this winter is definitely going to be the toughest for many so far. Now normally we know winters need to be toughened out as there’s not much work around but that’s made easier by having worked a summer season and receiving some unemployment support from the Government. But most people right now haven’t worked since October last year which means that they probably aren’t entitled to unemployment benefit. There is something called “Ayuda” but that won’t help you get through a month. The ERTE scheme was extended for certain industries until the end of January but even at 70% of the monthly wage, some people are still struggling.
One thing I’ve learnt during my time here on the island is there are lots of very generous people out there. Remember even in the height of the pandemic the Radiothon managed to raise a record 30,948.82€! There are 62 sleeps to Christmas, so this year, between now and the 18th of December we’re asking you to donate to the Radio One Mallorca Christmas Appeal. We can’t do these things without your help and anything you can do, we and the charities are very grateful.
Over all the years we have ran this campaign and with your generosity, we have been able to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of families, children and pensioners on the island. This year is going to be a particularly difficult time for a lot of people so we’re trying to spread as much cheer to as many as possible.
This year your donations will benefit:
The Salvation Army: if you have any new or unused toys that we can gift to the children that will be great. We are also looking to buy toys for children aged between 0 and 12 years old and these will be wrapped and given to the children for Christmas. This time last year they were looking after 80 families. Right now they are looking after 300 families!
Fundacio Nazaret: A Children’s home that look to promote the integral education of minors to transform and improve their present and future personal situations. With your donations last year we were able to buy a voucher at Primark for every child and we aim to do the same again with your help.
Age Concern Mallorca: An independent non-profit organisation run by unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to assist and look out for the well-being of the over 50’s English speaking residents of Mallorca. Jackie and her team do an amazing job looking after people of varying ages across the island and we are looking to supply them with vouchers to spend at a local supermarket.
Son Espases Children’s Intensive Care Unit: We have a long standing relationship with the hospital and we have contributed to many different projects. We are looking to pay for a years supply of Netflix for the iPads that are used in the Children’s Intensive Care Unit.
Yachting Gives Back: They are a food-raising campaign helping to alleviate poverty and hunger in the Balearics. They collect non-perishable foodstuffs & hygiene products and deliver them to those in need via local charities including Mallorca Sense Fam and Associacio Tardor. Before the pandemic the kitchen at Associacio Tardor was feeding around 400 people per day. That number has now tripled!
Santa Ponsa Food Bank: Based from the Santa Ponsa Community Church, they are serving and supporting neighbours who have lost their jobs and are facing food insecurity for the first time.
Through donations of money, food and your cooperation , caring people like you help Food Bank Santa Ponca bring hope, support and dignity in difficult times.
SOS Animal Mallorca: A non profit organization who look after abandoned animals. We are looking for food donations please.
This year, to help raise more needed funds we are asking anyone who would like, to sponsor a day on the radio!
Starting 16th November to the 18th of December you can sponsor each weekday for your business or event.
A presenter read will be read on air each hour 8am to 7pm and the presenters will talk about who is sponsoring each day during their shows. You can even come into the studio on your day with a pre-arranged interview to talk about what you have sponsored for that day.
Minimum 100€ per day for sponsorship, it’s a great way to promote anything you want and all the proceeds go to great causes.
You can offer us a prize to auction off or challenge us to do something for money. Even better challenge yourself to do something for money.
Please deliver all donations to us at the Radio Station at The Wave House Hotel in Magaluf or call Richie on 670 704 311 to arrange pick up.
We can take money donations via our charity bank account, credit card or in cash.
Help us to bring a smile to lots of faces this Christmas.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
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