Presbyterian Support Northern is extending a big THANK YOU to the team at George FM for raising $56,663 for our Lifeline Aotearoa service.
George FM answered our call for help after Lifeline lost out on a large donation from the Rhythm and Vines festival (R&V).
For the last four years, R&V has generously donated a portion of its ticket sales, which amounted to roughly $30,000 per festival to Lifeline.
This would have helped fund roughly 1000 helpline calls as Lifeline is not government-funded.
Following the news that Lifeline missed out on this year’s donation due to the cancellation of Gisborne’s R&V festival because of COVID-19, George FM decided to step in and help out.
They set up a 28-hour marathon DJ set called George Breakfast’s 28 Hour Give Back 2 Back from 6am on June 30 until 10am on July 1 going back-to-back with a huge selection of DJs over that time.
Part of George FM’s fundraising activity included a text to support code, TradeMe auctions (including a Lifetime pass to Rhythm and Vines) and a Givealittle page. Altogether George FM raised $56,663, an extraordinary amount given the hard times we are all facing right now.
Lifeline Operations Manager, Helena de Fontenay is rapt with the support from George FM and its listeners. “We really value George FM’s support. This money more than covers the shortfall caused by the cancellation of Rhythm and Vines.
“It truly is amazing support and it will help us support more people in distress, and save lives.”
Lifeline receives about 10,000 calls per month as well as receiving and sending more than 30,000 texts. This includes an average of 15 to 20 people a day at high risk of suicide.
Donations to Lifeline can be made here. All donations go towards funding the Lifeline call centres in Auckland and Christchurch.