​Getting ready for next month’s NCVO Radio-Telethon

A Butterfield volunteer takes a pledge from a caller in a previous telethon.

Organizers of the 39th Radio-Telethon of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations are gearing up for next month’s fundraiser at the Prospect Playhouse.

Their hope is to raise the annual goal of $140,000, or even more.

The NCVO Radio-Telethon takes place on Saturday, Oct. 20 and will be broadcast simultaneously on Radio Cayman and Cayman 27 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The public will be invited to phone in or go online to make pledges to the charity throughout the show.

“We have depended on our sponsors every year for close to four decades; staff at FLOW, Radio Cayman and Cayman 27 have always done a great job in helping to fundraise on our behalf, and for that we are grateful,” said NCVO Coordinator Mona Meade in a press release.

She said the success of the Radio-Telethon is crucial to the survival of NCVO programs.

“We could not do it without the support from our corporate and retail sponsors; the show’s producer Eden Hurlston, the team at the Cayman Drama Society and, of course, all the performers,” she added.

Set to perform at this year’s Radio-Telethon are Beniel Miller, Little Magic, Kate and Melody Allenger, an improv drum jam, and back by popular demand, Hi Tide. Other media personalities also will be making appearances alongside this year’s hosts, CIG TV’s Donna Bush and Cayman27’s Joe Avary.

“The audience can definitely expect to watch and hear some of the best local talents, from our very diverse population,” Ms. Bush said.

“There are so many people who want to give, and this is such a seamless way to do just that. I honestly can’t think of a better way to give back to our community,” she added.

Many of Cayman’s leading retailers and restaurants gift the organization with prizes as an incentive to those who pledge any amount. Those prizes include gift certificates from popular stores, restaurants, attractions and beauty retailers around the island, according to Ms. Meade.

This is the largest fundraiser held by the NCVO each year, and the money raised will help to maintain and operate the organization’s programs, which include the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, an aftercare program that supports foster home residents who age out of care, Miss Nadine’s Pre-School, Jack & Jill Nursery, Caring Cousins Lunch Support Program, the New To You Bargain Shop, the John Gray Memorial Fund and the NCVO Scholarship.

To donate, make a pledge on 946-3136 or online at www.caymangiftcertficates.com. For more information contact the NCVO at 949-2124 or [email protected]