Who can forget the NCVO Radiothon of old, when Olive Miller was firmly ensconced at headquarters on the microphone, appealing to the Cayman public for funds? Families would gather around their FM and AM transmitters, listening for their pledges to be read out and for pleas from drivers trying to find a house that had a donation to give.

No donation was too small (or too big) and every one of them was appreciated, proven by the fact that even $1 pledges would be read out over the airwaves.

Television may now have come into the mix, but the radiothon still remains, and the goal is the same: to raise money for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. This year’s goal is $140,000, which is necessary to keep the organization’s many vitally important programs running.

Everyone from John Foster to Barrie Quappe has taken to the microphone to encourage people to pledge. Now it’s time for the season of giving once again.

Back in the days before television. From left, Iva Good, Richard Arch, Andrea Bothwell and Olive Miller.
Back in the days before television. From left, Iva Good, Richard Arch, Andrea Bothwell and Olive Miller.

Radio/Telethon

Those familiar with the annual NCVO fundraiser may be looking for the fire trucks in town on Friday. They used to grace the inner streets, asking drivers to donate as they made their way through the capital. This year, however, they will be placed more strategically to avoid bottlenecks in George Town. Expect to see big red shiny behemoths at Hurley’s, the Strand shopping center, Republix and along Airport Road.

The main event is scheduled for Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m., broadcast live from the Prospect Playhouse Theatre, where it has been held for a number of years. Just as before, members of the public are absolutely welcome to come along, free of charge, and watch the entertainment as it unfolds throughout the night. Otherwise, they can listen or watch at home on Radio Cayman or Cayman 27, respectively.

The main event is scheduled for Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m., broadcast live from the Prospect Playhouse Theatre.

Entertainment

There is a variety of fabulous entertainers on the schedule. The talented lineup includes: Bona Fide, Trinity, Melody Allenger, James Geary, Flamenco Caribe, Gordon Solomon, Quincy Brown, Andre Garcia, Liz Wyatt, Joan Wilson, Deame Lee and Little Magic.

Although giving to the charity is reward enough, those who pledge have a good chance of winning one of more than 50 prizes donated by local companies. You could walk away with round-trip tickets from Cayman Airways to New York and Tampa, a Samsung Galaxy S7 from FLOW, spa treatments, meals at some of Cayman’s best restaurants, and numerous other gift certificates from popular stores and restaurants around the island.

NCVO

The NCVO is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the care, education and well-being of children and families in need of support in the Cayman Islands.

Projects run by the NCVO include:

  • The Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home
  • Miss Nadine’s Preschool
  • Jack & Jill Nursery
  • The Caring Cousins Welfare Fund
  • The John Gray Fund

The NCVO relies heavily on the radio/telethon as its main source of donations to ensure that NCVO projects such as the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home remain in operation. Over the past 10 years, the foster home has housed more than 45 children in need of care and protection from abuse or neglect.

Other examples are Miss Nadine’s Preschool and the Jack and Jill Nursery, which provide subsidized preschool and day care.

Joe Avary enjoys the show at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre.
Joe Avary enjoys the show at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre.

How to donate

There are many ways to donate, including online (who would have thought it was possible in ye olden days) and by post (or “snail mail,” as the millennials refer to it).

Mail: Donations by mail will be gratefully accepted prior to the date of the Radio/Telethon by mailing the NCVO, P.O. Box 1140, Grand Cayman, KY1-1102, Cayman Islands.

Online: Visit the website www.ncvo.org.ky and hit the DONATE NOW button (please reference the radio/telethon).

Phone: Contact Janice Wilson at the NCVO office at 949-2124 or call the dedicated phone line on the night at 946-6136 (this number will only be available on the night after 7 p.m.)

Email: Send an email to [email protected] to arrange making your donation live at the event.

Your donation will be recorded and announced during the evening. If you wish to remain anonymous, please let the organizers know.

For more information, contact Janice Wilson at the NCVO on 949-2124, 525-3976 or [email protected]

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