NCVO telethon seeking public support

Several local musical acts are set to take the stage at Prospect Playhouse on Saturday, Oct. 25, for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations’ 35th annual telethon, which broadcasts live on Cayman 27 and Radio Cayman.  

Hosted by a variety of on-air personalities and produced by Barrie and Chuck Quappe, the musical acts will include Funk Republic, Swanky Kitchen Band, and Cayman Brac’s Quincy Brown, among others.  

Members of the public are encouraged to call in and make donations during the show. Those watching from home can phone in with donations and pledges to the LIME-dedicated phone line (946-6136), which will only be in operation on the night of the telethon from 7 p.m. to midnight. Volunteers will be manning the phone lines during the entire time. For those interested in watching the musical acts perform live at Prospect Playhouse, it is a free event, with free finger food and a cash bar.  

Janice Wilson, chief executive officer of NCVO, said, “Corporate donations are down significantly this year; therefore, we urgently need the public’s support for this fundraiser in order to help children in need in Cayman.”  

Corporations are encouraged to call the NCVO offices to make their donations in advance of the telethon and take a tour of any of the facilities that are part of the organization’s programs, which include the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, Miss Nadine’s Pre-School, Jack & Jill Nursery, “Caring Cousins” lunch support program, New to You Bargain Shop, and the John R. Gray Memorial Fund. 

The telethon raised more than $128,000 last year and all funds raised this year will go directly toward the organization’s children’s programs, including the foster home, preschool and nursery, whether to help pay for trips for children living in foster care; improvements to the preschool facilities; or the creation of healthy meal programs. 

“The funds are utilized where they are most needed. Everyone involved donates their time; the venue, TV and radio airtime are all donated and 100 percent of funds raised go to the children assisted by the NCVO,” said Wilson. 

The 2014 NCVO telethon takes place from 7 p.m. 
to midnight on Oct. 25 at the Prospect Playhouse, 
and is broadcast live on both Cayman 27 and 
Radio Cayman. To make an early pledge or
corporate donation, contact Janice Wilson 
at 525-3976, or email [email protected].  

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The Swanky Kitchen Band is among the many musical acts that will take to the stage at the Prospect Playhouse.

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Cayman Brac’s Quincy Brown is set to tread the boards at the National Council of Voluntary Organisations’ 35th annual telethon. – Photo: Stephen Clarke