January 17, 2010

'Radiothon' yields US$.5m in pledges

MORE than US$500,000 in pledges were raised by radio stations within the One Caribbean Media (OCM) network in support of the ’Help Haiti Now’ fund.

From 8 o’clock yesterday morning, seven OCM network stations heard in Grenada, St Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, St Kitts, Montserrat and Trinidad and Tobago held a five-hour-long ’radiothon’ to collect the money.

And despite the telephone hiccups experienced by the Hott 93 studios in Trinidad, ’Big George’ Wayne LeBlanc, Warren P, along with other radio personalities, successfully managed to raise more than US$540,000.

Children as young as two years old came into the studios of the various radio stations and gave all they had; others even brought in their piggy banks while one woman collected change from around her house and brought it in a garbage bag, which the announcers claimed weighed more than 50 pounds.

In addition to the stores, factories and food places offering pledges, Government ministers and soca artistes also played their part.

Over in Barbados, reports were that RPB (Red Plastic Bag) was waving a flag in front of the Nation newspaper, urging people to donate while artistes like H2O Phlo visited Hott 93 and made significant contributions. -AA

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