NCVO attracts telethon talent

 

The National Council of Voluntary Organisations hosts its 33rd annual fundraiser on Saturday, 3 November, with an array of performers sure to attract all audiences. 

The NCVO radio/telethon will be carried live on Radio Cayman and Cayman 27 television from 7pm until midnight. Show biz fans should relish the invitation to attend the Prospect Playhouse to enjoy not only the entertainment on stage but also the production processes and between-act banter. Admission is free, but consider making a donation at the door – it is, after all, a fundraiser. 

“There is a variety of fabulous entertainment with something to please everyone,” said NCVO Executive Officer Janice Wilson. “From pop, rock, Island style to country music, poetry and more, all are represented by an amazing line up of entertainers, all of whom donate their time for this worthy cause.”  

The line-up so far includes Gone Country, Sea N’ B, Hi Tide, Barefoot Man, Andy Martin, the Allenger Family, Gordon Solomon, Mona Lisa Tatum, Suckerbox, Joan Wilson, Randy and Nasaria Chollette.  

This year, NCVO hopes to raise $130,000, Ms Wilson said. That’s about the same as last year, but a substantial increase from the $5,000 target set for Cayman’s first radiothon on 3 December, 1979. In fact, the premiere event raised the grand sum of $10,775.75, as reported in the Caymanian Compass the next day. 

The programme was planned to run from 8.30pm for 90 minutes, but so many pledges were phoned in that the broadcast kept getting extended in increments until around 11.40pm. 

Part of the entertainment was hearing the names of friends and neighbours over the air as their donations were announced and keeping track of the rising total. Another feature was a news magazine put together by programme director Loxley Banks with radio reports of historic events, including the abdication speech of King Edward VIII in 1936. Perhaps the most fun was in listening to directions the announcers gave to volunteers who drove around to collect donations: “the second house after you turn right by the big breadfruit tree” was the best address in a time before house numbers. 

These days it’s the donor who delivers. But with modern technology, anyone who wishes to present a donation live on camera may arrange to do so: just contact Janice Wilson at the NCVO office 949-2124 or e-mail [email protected] in advance. 

Also this year, there will be an opportunity to win one or more of more than 50 prizes donated by many different companies for those who phone in and pledge on the night to 946-6136, the number sponsored by LIME. Prizes include spa treatments, household items, meals, groceries, gift certificates from popular stores and restaurants. In addition, Ms Wilson announced, there will be two grand prizes: an iPhone from LIME and two roundtrip tickets to Miami from Cayman Airways. 

As usual, once a donation has been received it will be recorded and the pledge will be announced both on television and radio. Donors who wish to remain anonymous should state this preference.  

The radio/telethon is NCVO’s largest fundraiser each year. Money raised helps maintain and operate children’s programmes. Projects funded include the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home for children in need of care and protection; Miss Nadine’s Pre-School, which provides early childhood education for as many as 70 youngsters; Jack & Jill Nursery, which cares for up to 14 babies; the Caring Cousins Fund which supplies lunches and snacks to school children; and the John Gray Fund which assists first degree students with college-related expenses.  

“The community has always been very supportive of the NCVO and given the tough economic times and the increased need for our assistance, we need their support more than ever,” Ms Wilson said. “We encourage everyone to phone in with their donations, and to join us for a wonderful night of entertainment. Challenge your friends, coworkers and family members to match or beat your pledge.” 

 

For more information or to make a donation to the NCVO prior to the Radio/Telethon, contact the NCVO at 949-2124 or [email protected], or log onto www.ncvo.org.ky. Alternatively, donations by mail will be gratefully accepted prior to the evening of the Radio/Telethon to the NCVO, P O Box 1140, Grand Cayman, KY1-1102. 

 

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