Every year when we embark on organising the Radiothon we always have in mind, can we beat last years total? It is always our intention to of course, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Especially since last year was a record amount and although it was during the pandemic it was at the early stages meaning that people still did have money. So how was it going to go this year with some having been furloughed or out of work for over 18 months?
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in fundraising here on the island for most of the time I’ve been here. Including big events like the Pirates Charity Premiere or the Pinmar Golf Tournament to small local charity events too. The one thing i know about this island and the people that live here is that they always dig deep when Charity calls. With the Radiothon it’s not just the people that live here it takes in people from all around the World who are also just as generous. Last years total of 30,948.32€ was a record since we started the Radiothon and we thought we had maybe reached a peak. Well as I’ve said before the generosity of people holds no bounds and this years figure of 33,217.02€ is utterly amazing. We can’t thank everybody that helped us enough. That means that each of our Charities will receive 6,643.40€ each and when I contacted them this week this was the reaction.
Dino Zamora Jaume is one of the volunteers for SOS Calvia said.
“On behalf of SOS Calviá, we can not thank you enough .
We are all volunteers formed around our founder Manuel Mas. SOS Calviá started with just a few volunteers , Up to last month we were 35/40 volunteers and have helping Up to 135 families ( aprox. 400 people ) distributing and delivering food and clothes parcels over two days EVERY WEEK !!. Thankfully with the season starting ( albeit slow ) a lot of people have been able to return to work, all that said we do still look after 70/80 families on a weekly basis so we obviously still need to do our food collections at Eroski Supermarket all over the Calviá region. Unfortunately the “fight” is not over and the huge amount raised by you at Radio One Mallorca Will boost our “Kitty” that we have with Highland Gold Who supply us endlessly with non – perishable goods and Frutas Vilchez Who supply us with fresh veg and eggs on a weekly basis.
Unfortunately we believe this awful situation we have all been through is not over and although the Summer season has just started ( for SOME of US ) we have to be realistic and realise there is going to be another long winter ahead of us.
Once AGAIN…thank you Radio One Mallorca, its listeners and all those that donated.”
Loretta Oddi from the Santa Ponsa Food Bank said.
“The Santa Ponsa Foodbank is grateful for the incredible support Radio One Mallorca continues to offer and has done since the beginning!
We plan on continuing to help our community in the Santa Ponsa area by providing food, both dry goods and fresh produce, on a weekly basis, as well as assistance in accessing all the help and resources to which families in need are entitled.
We plan to do so for as long as it takes to ensure we’re over the devastating effects of the pandemic.
We are also open to other opportunities to be involved in the well being of people around us, and we will see how things develop. Thank you!”
Nick Entwistle from Yachting Gives back said.
“Just wanted to say congratulations to you all on another monumental effort and huge thanks for so kindly including us again as one of the beneficiaries of the magnificent sum you raised. All of us at Yachting Gives Back are absolutely delighted with the outcome.
Although the partial reopening of the tourism sector means that some people are beginning to get back to work, and therefore need less help from the food banks, there are still far too many people who are struggling. Thanks to the kindness of all your listeners and sponsors we will be able to keep helping those most in need by continuing to spend your funds on filling in the gaps where needed as we did with your great Christmas donation.”
Many thanks and best wishes from us all,
Nick, Paddy, Louise, Anna, Aila and David.
I had a meeting on Wednesday at Son Espases with Maria Hernandez-Coronado the Sub Director of Medical Services and Margarita Company Bauzá the Supervisor of Pediatric Physiotherapy. We are helping them redevelop their rehabilitation rooms on the pediatric ward. When I mentioned the total they were blown away and said “What great news, Thank you very much for all the hard work you did!”
Laura Savory, Deputy Director of Community Fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said,.
“We are incredibly grateful to Richie and all the team at Radio Mallorca involved in the Radiothon. What an amazing achievement to broadcast for such a long time, all whilst raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. On behalf of the charity, I would like to thank everybody who already has and to those who will donate. Your support will make a huge difference to seriously ill children who are treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital, including funding pioneering research into finding kinder, more effective treatments for the rarest and most complex conditions that affect children in the UK and across the world.”
Thanks again Richie, I’m still in awe!
Can I just add my own thanks firstly to the team at Radio One Mallorca who were amazing and secondly to everyone out there, we can’t do these things without your help and with the comments you’ve seen above the charities are blown away.
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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