The 2017 Cork’s 96FM Giving for Living Radiothon has raised €411,574 in three days.
This was the Wireless Group station’s tenth annual Radiothon and brings the cumulative total raised over the last decade to in excess of €4.3million.
All proceeds go to five charities which support or provide cancer services in Cork. These include The Mercy University Hospital Foundation; the CUH Charity; Marymount University Hospice; Arc House and Breakthrough Cancer Research.
Announcing the total raised live on-air on Saturday evening, Chief Executive of Cork’s 96FM & C103, Kieran McGeary, paid tribute to the commitment, professionalism and passion of staff at the radio station: “What people don’t see is the amount of work which goes into Radiothon. Much of this is done in people’s spare time. The day job still has to be done,” he said.
McGeary also said “10 years ago, we could never have foreseen the success that the Giving for Living Radiothon would be. Today, it is firmly established in Cork calendar. It is probably the biggest charity fundraiser on Irish radio. But our listeners, the people of Cork, are the real stars.”
CEO of the Mercy Foundation, Micheál Sheridan paid tribute to 96FM: “There are very few companies in Ireland that can claim to have helped raise over €4m for charities. The relationship that exists between 96FM and the Radiothon charities has held firm for 10 years and is stronger than ever. It is CSR at it’s absolute best with staff involvement right across the company and support at Senior Management level. We should be very proud of what has been achieved.”