Q Radio's very first Q Radiothon

Monday, 12 March 2018


We are delighted to announce that Friends of the Cancer Centre has partnered with Q Radio for its very first Q Radiothon which will raise money to support the work of four of Northern Ireland’s leading cancer and end of life charities.


The first of its kind in Northern Ireland, the on-air event will take place from Thursday 31st May until Saturday 2nd June.  Under the inspiring banner of ‘Together We Can’, the three day on-air fundraiser will raise money for four of Northern Ireland’s leading cancer and end of life charities Friends of the Cancer Centre, Action Cancer, Marie Curie and Cancer Fund for Children.


Speaking at the launch Robert Walshe, Managing Director at Q Radio commented:


“We have all come into contact with at least one of the four charities here today, either through availing of their services personally or because of a family member or friend who has received a life-changing diagnosis.


“Our driving force at Q Radio is to provide local content for local people right across Northern Ireland. We have a responsibility to our listeners to keep them informed as well as to reciprocate the support they show us by tuning in and engaging with us everyday.


“This is now our opportunity as a station to give back - by raising money and awareness among the community in which we broadcast!”


Over the three days, programmes will be broadcast live from a purpose-built studio at Friends of the Cancer Centre, which is based at the heart of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, with regular live inserts from each of the other charity headquarters. Content will be driven by the work undertaken by each of the participating charities as well as the people they have supported, and listeners will be encouraged to donate across the day.


Colleen Shaw, chief executive of Friends of the Cancer Centre, said:


“We are delighted to be part of Q Radio’s very first Q Radiothon which will raise vital funds to support four fantastic causes.  As a local charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre is committed to supporting local cancer patients and their families when they need it most through our life-changing and life-saving work in patient care, patient comfort and research. The money raised through Q Radiothon will make a real difference to our work and the thousands of people we support.  I would like to thank everyone at Q Radio for their support and I would call on everyone to get involved in Q Radiothon as you have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people right across Northern Ireland.” 


Helping to launch Radiothon were several of Northern Ireland’s leading chefs, including Ian Orr and Michael Deane, both of whom have pledged their support to The Big Brunch- a flagship fundraising campaign in the lead up to the Q Radiothon 3 day live appeal (31st May-2nd June).


Robert Walshe commented: “As well as raising money we want to create an opportunity for people to get together, whether in their workplace, schools, parish halls or sporting clubs. These brunches can start taking place right now giving the Radiothon the head start it deserves!”


Sponsored by White’s Oats, those interested in hosting a Big Brunch can visit www.qradiothon.com and download a Big Brunch information pack, providing supporters with recipe suggestions, ideas for brunch themes and the all-important sponsorship form.


Q Radiothon will run from Thursday 31st May until Saturday 2nd June but donations can start now. To make a donation click here and find out more about how you can get involved at www.qradiothon.com.

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