FMR keeps the blind in tune

2016-08-02 06:00
Fine Music Radion station manager Mark Jennings, right, with some of the recipients of radios at the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) in Salt River. From left, CEO of the CTSB Lizelle Van Wyk, Loretta Daniels, Susanna Diergaardt and Victor Isaacs.

Fine Music Radion station manager Mark Jennings, right, with some of the recipients of radios at the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) in Salt River. From left, CEO of the CTSB Lizelle Van Wyk, Loretta Daniels, Susanna Diergaardt and Victor Isaacs.

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Fine Music Radio may have given music lovers some fine listening pleasure for the past 21 years but they’ve also got fine listeners who care.

As part of their Mandela Day activities the radio station called on listeners to help them donate radios to the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) in Salt River.

Station manager Mark Jennings explains that they did this because Nelson Mandela dedicated 67 years of his life to public service.

“We knew that radios are a big part of keeping blind people in touch with the world, and our music is part of their enjoyment,” he says.

“Our listeners proved how fine they are when we got the donations for the radios in just two days after broadcasting the first appeal.

“We also hosted a special classical concert at the Hugo Lamprechts Centre in Parow where The National Youth Orchestra, dedicated their performance of Come Alive With Mahler 5 to the Cape Town Society for the Blind.

“So apart from giving them the radios we were also able to give them a cash boost of R15 000. A big thanks to our listeners for their active participation, generosity and your commitment to honouring Madiba’s legacy.

“We have given the gift of sound to those who see by listening. Fine Music Radio would like to thank its listeners for their incredible generosity.”

Lizelle van Wyk, CEO of the CTSB, thanked the radio station for their incredible Madiba Day partnership.

“It was just absolutely fantastic,” she says.

“Our blind people reported back that they are enjoying having music in the house and the thank you message on radio was also beautiful. The generosity of the listeners was overwhelming.”

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