Congratulations to Maggie Robinson from Randpark Ridge in Johannesburg with ticket # 0394. Maggie will be joining Fr. Brian Mhlanga, OP on a memorable pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal. A late surge in entries saw the Radio Veritas South Africa Pilgrimage competition for two valued at a
A late surge in entries saw the Radio Veritas South Africa Pilgrimage competition for two valued at a whopping prize of R60 000 on an October pilgrimage to Fatima reach a successful conclusion. Our goal was to receive at least 1000 entries for the competition, said the station’s Executive Director; Fr. Emil Blaser, OP but, one day before the deadlines for entries we had on 700. The final
"Our goal was to receive at least 1000 entries for the competition," said the station’s Executive Director; Fr. Emil Blaser, OP, "but, one day before the deadlines for entries we had only 700. The final push created so much excitement that more than 300 entries were received in one day. We are very grateful to everybody who worked hard to make the competition a success."0
The competition winner was drawn by Fr. Brian Mhlanga, OP, who is the Associate Station Manager of Radio Veritas South Africa, and who will lead the Pilgrimage to Fatima.
After the draw, Maggie Robinson was phoned live on air by Fr. Emil Blaser. The self-employed winner was at first puzzled and then became excited as Fr. Blaser congratulated her on winning two places worth about R60 000 which will take her to Fatima for the centenary celebrations of the Marian apparitions there. Maggie will take her daughter Bonnie with on the pilgrimage, in memory of the winner’s late mother, Bessie who had longed to visit Fatima. Between the two, they had bought five tickets. The pilgrimage competition has been an important fund raiser for Radio Veritas South Africa since 2013. Taking part in the competition gives listeners the chance of winning places on a special
Maggie will take her daughter Bonnie with her on the pilgrimage, in memory of the winner’s late mother, Bessie, who had longed to visit Fatima. Between the two, they had bought five tickets. The pilgrimage competition has been an important fund raiser for Radio Veritas South Africa since 2013.
"Taking part in the competition gives listeners the chance of winning places on a special pilgrimage," said Fr. Emil, "but it is also a very important way of supporting Radio Veritas.".
The pilgrimage, headlined by Radio Veritas South Africa and The Southern Cross, will take the group from October 1 – 10th to Fatima, Lisbon, Coimbra and Santarem in Portugal, and to Avila, Salamanca, Alba de Tormes and Madrid in Spain.
"Thank you Radio Veritas South Africa and The Southern Cross for the most amazing telephone news. I am overwhelmed and so excited. I have never won anything other than a fruit cake in my life, she said. And now God has given us the best gift of all time! Bonnie Robinson and I have just won an all expenses paid trip. Not just any trip. This is a very special trip! We are going on the 100 years Pilgrimage to Fatima with Father Brian Mhlanga!
"I still cannot believe that we won! My daughter Bonnie and I will make this trip together in honour of my beloved Mother Bessie Joseph to realise her wish and dream to have visited Fatima. Everyone who knew her knows how dedicated she was to Our Lady and The Rosary! This trip falls over her birthday, too, and I just know that God and Our Lady together with all our heavenly Angels gone before us, had a hand in us being chosen to do this trip.There is no doubt in my mind that this is going to be a life changing experience for us.Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Lord! Oh, what a beautiful day!"
Pictures show Fr Emil, with Lydia Orsmond of Sodapop (competition organises) and auditor Jeremy Grist at the draw, and the drum containing all the tickets.
Radio Veritas, South Africa's only Catholic Radio Station recently unveiled its brand new logo. It comes as a result of the station’s decision to appeal to a wider audience and to increase its general visibility within the local community radio station environment.
Radio Veritas designed the new logo to evoke emotions of faith, patriotism and belonging.
The Executive Director of Radio Veritas Fr. Emil Blaser OP said: “Unveiling this new logo has been one of my proudest moments here at Radio Veritas. Being a faith-based radio station, we cater to a niche audience and we are hoping that with our new look we can grow our listenership quite significantly. It’s time that more people got to hear the Good News. For a Change.” The design of this new
The design of this new logo was inspired by the following:
The white centre of the logo represents the Host (Body of Christ) used at Mass. The vertical staff with cross and hook represents a bishop’s Crozier. The R in the word radio is the letter Rho in Greek while the V in the word Veritas forms the top of the X. the bottom arms of the X represent either the nails which pierced the hands of Christ on the cross, or the vuvuzela, symbolic of proclamation. The X and R are, of course, the first two letters of the word "Christ" in Greek. The curved lines represent sound waves which take the message of Christ to the corners of the earth.
About Radio Veritas: In a world that cries out for Good News, Radio Veritas, the only Catholic Radio Station in South Africa, serves the needs of Christians across the board. Radio Veritas’ mission is “To be a sign of Christ’s love for His people, through its caring, compassionate, faithful and professional broadcasting.”
A most successful telethon took place on Radio Veritas on June 7 to raise money for the station. Hundreds of people phoned in during the day to make pledges of between R100 and R250 000. The target was set at R500 000. The amount of money raised was a spectacular R605 000!
In these difficult economic times, the fear was that the telethon might prove to be a flop. How wrong we were! The response of our listeners was magnificent. There is no doubt that Catholics love their radio station and want to support it.
Challenging each other on-air to equal or better their financial pledge to Radio Veritas were individuals, sodalities, church groups, etc and the most outstanding group that flooded the station with pledges was Men in Christ Gauteng. If every group in the Church responded as they did we would have exceeded R1m!
The staff of Radio Veritas was involved in the nitty-gritty of the telethon, either on air or behind the scenes, and they were assisted by the Friends of Radio Veritas. One listener, Carlos Camara, challenged Fr Emil, saying that he would give R500 for every hour he spent in the studio. A total of R6 000 was received from this challenge alone!
The cost of running the station amounts to approximately R500 000 per month. Much of this is covered by monthly donations which are, however, not enough to cover the full costs. A major monthly expense is R150 000 to Sentech for the distribution of the radio signal. This is the amount we are usually short of every month.
During the course of the day, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp, Archbishop William Slattery of Pretoria and Bishop Jeremia Masela of Polokwane emphasised the importance of evangelisation through this powerful means of communication. Priests participated and challenged each other, with the first challenge coming from Fr Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu in the UK.
Many pensioners called in and Jean Jones, a Methodist and faithful listener to Radio Veritas, contributed R190. She said the R100 was a basic contribution and the R90 being R1 for every year of her life! Several other non-Catholics also made contributions.
Prizes given away were a television set sponsored by Lektroshok, a ticket valued at R300 for our upcoming Fatima pilgrimage competition, a National electric organ sponsored by an anonymous faithful of Johannesburg, and a beautifully crocheted tablecloth which was auctioned for R1500.
All in all, it was a fun and incredibly successful day financially thanks to the faithful listeners and supporters of Radio Veritas.
Emil Blaser OP
(Pictures show Fr Emil taking pledges on air and Radio Veritas staff and volunteers struggling to keep up!)
On July 26 we launch our annual Pilgrimage competition. This year the tickets cost a mere R250 and the winning ticket will entitle two people to travel free of charge on
This year the tickets cost a mere R250 and the winning ticket will entitle two people to travel free of charge on a historic centenary pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal and Spain from October 1st - 10th.
The pilgrimage will last 10 days and be led by Fr Brian Mhlanga OP. The centenary pilgrimage is being arranged by The Southern Cross and Radio Veritas.
The value of the prize is approximately R60,000.
Entry is simple. Simply send an SMS to 41809 beginning with the word FATIMA followed by your name.It is not necessary to add any other information. Your telephone number will appear on our screen and someone will contact you from SODAPOP and obtain your necessary information.
Once your R250 is received you will receive an e-ticket and you will be in the draw which will take place on 31 August at 7:15 in the morning. You are free to buy as many tickets as you wish and not more than 2000 will be sold. So those who enter stand very good chance of winning.
Your support of our competition will help in the ongoing support of Radio Veritas.
We urge you not to delay in buying your tickets as at this price they will be sold out in no time. This is a magnificent prize in the centenary year of the apparitions in Fatima.
Prize includes: All flights ex-Johannesburg (incl. airport taxes), accommodation in 4/5-star hotels (sharing) with breakfast and dinner, hotel taxes, transfers, travel insurance, travelling on air-conditioned luxury buses, English-speaking guides, entrance fees as per itinerary. For more information visit www.fowlertours.co.za
Radio Veritas is asking for your support for the Telethon which will take place live on Radio Veritas on Wednesday June 7th throughout the day - from early morning (6am) to late in the evening (9pm).
Listeners will be encouraged to phone in and challenge family, colleagues, friends, business associates and competitors or organizations similar that to which they belong, to equal or better contributions being pledged..
Friends of Radio Veritas are encouraged to prepare for this day by informing their fellow parishioners or fellow members of their organizations of this telethon.
Our target is R 500,000 which we believe is achievable through the goodwill and generosity and participation of all.
Organizations in particular could prepare themselves by discussing what might be significant contributions or challenges.
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