In 2015 Jo from the radio office asked Ayesha and I on the Breakfast Show if we would consider broadcasting for 24 hours for Charity. The challenge was duly accepted and the Radiothon was born. For the first 2 years we raised 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, he employed me in 1994 and this year I have very proudly become MD of the company. In 2019 we decided to extend the hours of broadcasting from 24 to 36 hours starting at 07.00 on Friday morning and going all the way through to 19.00 on Saturday evening. The money that we raise each year is equally divided amongst our chosen charities.
The following charities have benefitted from our previous Radiothons;
2015: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Salvation Army and Shambhala Foundation.
That year we raised, 18,100.20€.
2016: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Calvia Lions and Help 4 Heroes.
That year we raised, 24,474.18€.
2017: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, SOS Animal Mallorca, Fundacion Nazareth and Club Vidalba.
That year we raised, 23,384.60€.
2018: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Asociacion Ondine and Feliz Animal Andratx.
That year we raised 14,878.50€.
2019: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, ASPANOB and ASDICA.
That year we raised 25,363.11€.
2020: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Yachting Gives Back and Cancer Support Group Mallorca.
That year we raised a then record 30,948.82€.
2021: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Rehabilitation centre for Children, Yachting Gives Back, Santa Ponsa Food Bank and SOS Calvia.
Last year we broke our record and raised a staggering 33,217.02€!
This year our chosen charities are;
Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
Every day, around 600 children and young people from across the UK arrive at GOSH. Every day, doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses, and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs. And every day is a chance for you to make a difference.
This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential.
Our relationship with GOSH goes back to 2004 from my work with Pirates. I have “run” the London Marathon twice for them raising £10,867.00. With the donation from last years Radiothon, we are proud to say we have now raised 763,185.10€ and in that time the money has been put to many different projects.
We have struck up a great relationship with our local public hospital in Palma. Our work with them has been in the pediatric department and the children’s intensive care unit. Covid has meant that our project to build a new rehabilitation unit for Children has been delayed but we are close to finishing. The money raised in previous years has helped decorate an MRI scanner and it’s room. The doors of the pediatric ward with cartoon characters. A brand new waiting room for parents with children in the intensive care unit and lots of other smaller projects. We have a meeting shortly to confirm what we can do this year.
Cancer Support Group Mallorca
Their aim is to help patients, carers and anybody who have been affected by Cancer. By reducing stress, Increasing their sense of control over their own life, Improving their self-esteem, reducing loneliness and providing practical help.
The founder Krista Hyer sadly passed away earlier this year. I interviewed her on many occasions and I admired the extraordinary work she did. With that in mind we feel it would be a fitting tribute from us to include them in our fundraising this year. We are looking forward to working with Bronwen and Rebecca and helping them in any way we can.
Help For Ukraine
None of us can comprehend what this country and its people are going through and hopefully this awful war will end soon. When it does there will be an awful of rebuilding to be done and we would like to help with that.
The total raised in our Radiothons so far is 170,366.43€ and we can only do this with your fantastic support.
This year we have two targets, one is to pass through the 200,000€ barrier and two if possible is to beat last year’s record total.
How can you help us to achieve our goals and help our charities?
You can sponsor an hour of the Radiothon and be on air with us.
Challenge us to do something for a donation.
Challenge yourself to do something for donations.
Offer an auction or raffle prize.
Bid on our auction.
Buy a raffle ticket.
Request a song for a minimum of 5€.
Or you can Just Donate!
I’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the event which will start Friday June 3rd and finish Saturday June 4th.
Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10.00am 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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