The Milton Road McDonalds shows the height of the inundation.
The Milton Road McDonalds shows the height of the inundation. Graeme Wilson

Radiothon to raise flood funds

OVER  the next three days phones will be ringing off the hook during 96five's Radiothon, as they raise over two hundred thousand dollars for major projects that bring hope to Brisbane.

Funds raised will go directly towards 96five's Family Show School Excursions, Choices Programs in high schools, Nite Alive Road Shows at Youth events across the city, Elevation CD giveaways, its Digital Radio stream and Street Machine attendance at community and charity events in 2012.

96Five Family Show Host, Liam Renton, says the need for projects like these that bring hope to the city is even greater.

"Brisbane's had a tough year and there are still a lot of people out there hurting after the floods," he said.

Funds raised will also go towards supporting The Family Show's SOS Request segment helping listeners at the end of their rope, struggling with financial pressures, relationship breakdowns or illness.

Flood affected Basin Pocket resident, Stuart Purnell, was the latest in a long line of Brisbane residents the segment has helped. After losing his father in June and then his wife on Father's Day this year, the distressed dad sent out an SOS to 96five.

Through the help of station sponsor RACQ Tourism, The Family Show was able to give him a 21 day family pass to Dreamworld and Whitewater World yesterday valued at $380.

He said his 12-year-old daughter, 18-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter have taken the two losses very hard and this gift will bring welcome relief.

"This is the first Christmas without their Mum and Grandfather, so hopefully this will take their mind off it," Mr Purnell said.

96five's 2011 Radiothon kicked off this morning and runs through to 6pm Friday 18 November. All donations are welcome and anything over $2 is tax deductible. Call now on 3303 9965 or donate online at www.96five.com.



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