Humm FM Radio beats its own record
Staff Reporter –
Hundreds of people, many of them children, made the most of a Radiothon organised by an Auckland based Indian radio station, boosting the joy and spirit of little ones.
Humm FM Radio 106.2 decided to extend its original plan of 48 hours to 54 hours in view of the ‘non-stop response’ from listeners.
Company Director Roshila Prasad said that the main objective of the Radiothon was to bring solace to less fortunate children.
According to her, the original plan was to conduct the programme from 12 pm on December 10 and conclude it at the same time on December 12, 2015.
“However, the increasing number of listeners and callers encouraged our programme presenters to extend the Radiothon by another six hours. Breakfast Show Host Vijay Varma, Drive Show Host Dev Sachindra and Evening show host Roopam Chowdhury anchored the Radiothon for the entire 54 hour-period, while Breakfast Show co-host Pooja Kumar joined the campaign later, giving 35 hours and Drive show co-host Sandy Sekhon joined the trio for the remaining 30 hours of campaign,” Ms Prasad said.
“Among the listeners were two emotional grandparents who announced that their one-year-old granddaughter was in remission from cancer. They truly understood how lucky they were to have the little ones smiling face with them,” she said.
There were scores of gifts given away. They ranged from small toys, large, stuffed toys and bicycles. A majority of them were donated by Aucklanders, but some gifts came from Wellington and Melbourne in Australia.
Three listeners reportedly contributed 48, 50 and 100 gifts respectively.
Ms Prasad said that 1861 gifts were received during the 54-hour programme and that they will be sent to Auckland City Mission for distribution.
Satyan Prasad, another Director described the Radiothon as the ‘biggest achievement’ since Humm FM began four years ago.
“One of the most touching moments of the Radiothon was when two brothers, aged eight and nine years, broke their piggy banks, went with their parents to buy gifts and brought them to the station. Another child, nine-year-old Nyra, decided to forgo her Christmas presents and added them to the growing collection at the Humm FM studios,” he said.
During the 54 hour Radiothon, the Radio Station received a total of 1861 gifts which Ms Prasad and her team handed over to Auckland City Mission for distribution prior to Christmas Day.