History was made Saturday night when a $75,000 goal was surpassed at the annual NCVO radio/telethon.
After the cameras were shut down, microphones silenced and stage lights dimmed, the count of pledges and donations came to $84,000.
Scores of volunteers behind the scenes and in front of the microphones were involved in the radio/ telethon that benefits the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.
The Saturday-night programme, which originated from Hard Rock Café, featured a variety of entertainers, from school children to polished professionals. They all gave their time help NCVO community projects.
These include a pre-school, nursery and foster home. NCVO chairman Garry Wilkins reported at the recent annual general meeting that the pre-school and nursery have been running at full capacity, with an extensive waiting list. The foster home was almost full with nine children.
Radio/telethon contributors were also helping provide lunch money for school children as well as partial scholarships, along with numerous other on-going projects.
NCVO Chief Executive Officer Janice Wilson paid tribute to everyone who helped make the fund raiser such a success. While it was impossible to call everyone’s name, she cited Mr. Colin Wilson for his work in producing the programme and co-ordinating all of the talent.
Performers included the Will Steward Band and Pandemonium, which anchored the evening between other acts.
There were many generous individual and corporate donations. Kiwanis contributed $12,000 and CITN added $10,000 along with all the equipment and personnel needed to put the show on the air.
Cable and Wireless provided telephone lines as the company does every year so that volunteers can accept pledges.