The National Council of Voluntary Organisations will host its annual telethon on Cayman 27 (Cable Channel 12) on Saturday, which will take place at the Hard Rock Café and simulcast on Radio Cayman from 7pm to midnight.
This is the largest fundraiser orgnanised by the group each year, and money raised helps to maintain and operate one of Cayman’s longest running charities – the NCVO.
Every year, with the support of Cayman 27 and Radio Cayman, the NCVO draws out an amazing level of talent for the evening. This year, for the first time, there will be a karaoke competition held as part of the entertainment, which will be led by supporter and local performer, Mr. Colin Wilson.
Amongst the list of entertainers there will also be over 80 prizes given away with the top being two round trip tickets to any Cayman Airways destination and several gift certificates from popular stores and restaurants around the Island.
‘The success of our telethon is vital to the survival of the NCVO, as our expenses outweigh the subsidy received from Government,’ explains Janice Wilson – CEO for the NCVO. ‘The community has always been very gracious in their donations – both public and private – and we encourage as many people as possible to support the telethon, but to also come and join us for a wonderful night of fun, entertainment and learning.’
The NCVO is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization that engages in projects to meet the ever-increasing social needs of the community. As one of the oldest charities in Cayman having been in operation for over 30 years, we have grown substantially due to the kind community support. Among the related projects we run are: Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, Miss Nadine’s Pre-School, the Caring Cousins Welfare Fund and several others.
The telethon has been going for over 25 years (the NCVO itself for more than 30), and it is hoped that over CI$75,000 is raised. Corporate donations are encouraged and the public is invited to come out and present their donations at the telethon venue (Hard Rock Café on the waterfront) or call in throughout the night to make a pledge. With hopes for expansion to further assist with the need for foster home care, the pre-school and nursery, the NCVO are hoping this year’s telethon will receive the support necessary for the organisations growth.
‘As the National Council of Volunteer Organisations, we meet the young people who will one day enter our local workforce, have a family of their own and influence the way in which our country develops. Historically, we know that people of any age and size have tremendous impact on others and their surroundings, so it’s vital that we show them the attention they need and deserve now before it’s too late,’ adds Mrs. Wilson.
The NCVO will host its annual telethon Saturday at Hard Rock to help benefit kids in Cayman. Photo: Submitted