Christmas FM is calling for donations on its annual Donation Day, all day today.
All donations raised by Christmas FM and charity partner Age Action will fund 30,000 essential home repair and maintenance jobs for vulnerable older people across Ireland as part of the innovative ‘Age Action Care & Repair Programme’*
During the 12 hour radiothon from 7am to 7pm, the station will be asking listeners to dig deep and help change a life by making a donation through the website or via the phone.
A number of high profile personalities including Danny O’Carroll & Paddy Houlihan from Mrs. Browns Boys, Brian Kennedy, Sile Seoige, Al Porter and Dustin the Turkey will also be lending their support to Christmas FM and dropping into the station to share their very special Christmas memories and favourite holiday experiences.
This year, Christmas FM is raising awareness and funds for Age Action, the charity which promotes positive ageing and better services and policies for older people.
Walter Hegarty, co-founder of Christmas FM, says: “This is Christmas FM’s seventh year on air and we are continually heartened by the generosity and support of our listeners and volunteers. Since we began broadcasting six years ago, we have raised in excess of €500,000 for charity, which is a wonderful achievement for everyone involved in the initiative. It proves that despite the difficulties Ireland is experiencing people still love some festive cheer and are happy to help out someone in need. We look forward to receiving texts and Christmas song requests from our loyal listeners. With every text sent, the proceeds of the €2 is donated to Age Action, so get listening and get texting. We’re really looking forward to being on air round-the-clock to get everyone in the festive mood.”
Eamon Timmins, Head of Advocacy and Communications, Age Action, says: “We are honoured to be chosen by Christmas FM as their charity partner. The money raised by the station’s listeners will enable us to carry out DIY jobs and visits for older people across Ireland. By doing so, we will enable them to continue living with dignity, independence and comfort in their own homes.”