On 12 May 2011, The Sunshine Coast’s Christian community radio station, 106five Rhema FM and approximately 40 other family radio stations from across the nation, will speak out on behalf of women and children living in extreme poverty.
Compassion Day is an initiative established by child advocacy and development agency Compassion Australia. One day each year radio stations dedicate their broadcast to raising funds for the work of Compassion.
This year the money raised will support Compassion’s Child Survival Program, which exists to ensure that mothers and babies living with poverty are given the best possible start at life.
Station manager, Ray Moti, is excited about this joint venture.
“We are excited that we can be a part of a movement that will bring the community together for such a worthwhile, united cause,” he said.
“We have such passionate listeners and we are looking forward to working beside them in this fight.”
Compassion Australia CEO Dr Tim Hanna is encouraged by the overwhelming response from the radio stations and the Australian community.
“We have the resources and knowledge to end poverty in our lifetime—what we have lacked so far is the collective will to make it happen. So it’s exciting to see Australians coming together as one united force to stand for a future where all children are free to live lives rich in opportunity and wellbeing,” Dr Hanna said.
Though it doesn’t have to, the world loses a child every four seconds. That’s 22,000 children a day dying from mostly preventable causes. This year in a first for Compassion Day; listeners will be given the unique opportunity support mothers in the developing world as they raise their babies against a backdrop of terrifying odds.
Many well-known supporters of Compassion will be getting involved in Compassion Day, including Stan Walker, Luke and Joel, The Sowers and basketball sensations How Ridiculous.
Tune into 106five Rhema FM from 6am to 10pm this Compassion Day and join the fight for child survival. For more information visit www.compassionday.com.au
Compassion is an international Christian holistic child development and child advocacy ministry committed to working in partnership with local churches to foster the spiritual, economic, social, physical and emotional development of children living in extreme poverty in over 26 countries.
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