NCVO sets high target for radio/telethon

Corporate donations down, so more public support is needed

 

The National Council of Voluntary Organizations hopes to raise $140,000 during this year’s radio/telethon, set for Oct. 25. 

From 7 p.m. until midnight, listeners to Radio Cayman, viewers of CITN and the live audience at the Prospect Playhouse will be able to enjoy a veritable variety show, as local musicians and vocalists with a wide range of styles and genres donate their time and talent. NCVO relies heavily on this event, now in its 35th year, as the main fundraiser, said executive officer Janice Wilson. 

While NCVO does receive some government funds, the organization is necessarily supplemented by contributions from the private sector. Donations help operate such programs as the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, Miss Nadine’s Pre-school, Jack and Jill Nursery, the John R. Gray Memorial Fund and the Caring Cousins Lunch Support. A nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1975, NCVO is dedicated to the care, education and well–being of children and families in need of support in the Cayman Islands. 

“Corporate donations are down this year, so we will need all the support from the public we can get,” Ms. Wilson said. The goal of $140,000 was reached in 2012. Last year’s pledges decreased to $128,170. 

Ms. Wilson acknowledged that the economy is tight right now, but she pointed out that each donation makes a difference, however big or small it is. Her hope is that people will show their approval of NCVO’s work by making some contribution. Contributions will be announced during the radio/telethon. As performers set up or clear the stage, guest hosts will provide updates on how much money has been pledged or delivered and will introduce some on-air donors. Businesses and organizations are invited to present a donation as part of the program. This can be arranged in advance by contacting Ms. Wilson on 949-2124 or [email protected] Alternatively, donations may be mailed to the NCVO, PO Box 1140, Grand Cayman, KY1-1102. People can also stop by the Prospect Playhouse to make a donation and stay for the show, or phone in a pledge. 

Those who make pledges have a chance to win one or more of more than 50 prizes, including gift certificates to restaurants, spas and salons, airline tickets, a Blackberry Q5, one or more nights at a local hotel. 

For more information, visit www.ncvo.org.ky. 

As performers set up or clear the stage, guest hosts will provide updates on how much money has been pledged or delivered and will introduce some on-air donors.