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!)
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.
While philosophers and the wise may have particular ideas about our existence in time and location, the reality of the matter is that each of us are active participants in shaping our world – for better or for worse.
Radio Veritas and the Radio Veritas Warriors choose the “for better” path because, among many other things, we have hope. We invite you to join us in this endeavour to form a collective of Catholic professionals who believe that by harnessing our cumulative energies we could have a positive impact on our Church and society.
It is not a new insight – we just believe the time is now to get the idea off the ground in South Africa.
At this point we would not like to prescribe the shape or form of this proposed forum. We would like to keep it simple and focussed, unencumbered by bureaucracy and clear in its mission. Our starting point is that this body be, or will be:
That said, we invite you to not only ponder our outreach, but also to engage with us… and others. Invite them too and join us for a drink or two at our first event to get the ball rolling - The Wine & Whiskey tasting on Thursday, 8th June.
Radio Veritas and the Radio Veritas Warriors
P.S. Catholic professional forums and networks exist in many countries of the world and many are achieving sterling results in their respective territories.
Radio Veritas has given birth to a new and inspiring programme featuring the team of Renew Africa. Several dioceses and parishes are running this programme and now people around the country can tune into a weekly programme at 8 o’clock on a Monday evening to hear Duncan Hyam and his very competent team. Truly, there is never a dull moment.
The programmes unpack the contents of all the Seasons of Renew Africa. At present the programmes are dealing with Christian prayer. After three months they will move on to dealing with the various segments of what are known as Seasons 1, 2 and 3 - Meeting Christ Today, Healing the Body of Christ and We are the Church.
These programmes are helpful to those who are going to begin the programme in their parishes as well as to those who have already embarked upon the journey. Radio Veritas has now made it possible for parishes throughout our country to draw on the professional expertise of the Renew team in Johannesburg.
For those who are unable to tune in on a Monday evening, the programmes are available as podcasts on www.radioveritas.co.za
On 31 March the Radio Veritas Warriors arranged a pilgrimage to the shrine of Blessed Benedict Daswa in Venda. About 500 men of all ages, including teenagers, converged on the shrine.
They arrived in the late afternoon and spent the night in prayer, praise and worship, hearing inspiring talks and celebrating the Eucharist. The group was accompanied by Fr Kabelo Mahemo and several other priest,s and the weekend was led by Mr. Rob Buthelezi and his team.
The weekend certainly encouraged men to become more involved in Radio Veritas. The hope is that men would become more devoted to blessed Benedict as well as to Radio Veritas.
At the beginning of April, our 2000 donors should have received letters/statements from us about their contributions to Radio Veritas over the last year. The letter provided details of contributions made and requested people to revert to us if any of the information might have been incorrect. It also encouraged people to increase their contributions and to find new donors.
We would be most grateful if people who have never donated to Radio Veritas would do so. We live in a very difficult economic climate and while we realize everybody is finding the cost of living increasing all the time, we at radio Veritas feel the pinch considerably and ask Catholics and listeners to support us and increase their financial contributions. Our monthly costs are approximately R500,000 and it is a constant headache to find this money. With 4 million Catholics in South Africa we should not have a problem if everybody contributed something. Please speak to your friends who might be able to help us. If you would like to make a financial contribution now, click here.
Many people are unaware of the incredible generosity of Mr. Johnny Peter of Hyper Paint in Ophirton, Johannesburg. He has donated thousands of litres of paint to various churches. The roof at Radio Veritas needed to be painted and even though we offered to pay, he generously gave us the needed paint and equipment. We urge you that if you need paint, please do support Hyper Paint and tell them you heard about them on Radio Veritas. What an incredible gift they have been to us and many Catholics! May God bless Johnny and his family richly.
An abbreviated version of the Changing Gear programme presented by Fr Brian Mhlanga OP and produced by Simba Honde was submitted to the Human Rights Commission in a competition. The subject was Transgender and Religion - a very challenging topic which was dealt with sensitively and comprehensively. We are very proud to announce that it was chosen as the finalist in Gauteng. This prestigious award is a great tribute to Radio Veritas and our team. We join our listeners in congratulating Fr Brian and Simba.
Khanya Litabe and Siphiwe Moloi traveled to Pietermaritzburg on the weekend of 8 April to do a recording of hymns sung by the Dominican brothers and accompanied by themselves. A CD will be produced and would be available for purchase in the near future. This is in honour of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order and the centenary of their presence in South Africa. They hymns are sung in many of the languages of southern Africa.
Recently an urgent letter of appeal was sent to the following: all bishops, all priests and chairpersons in Johannesburg and surrounding dioceses, all sodalities, all religious congregations and all Catholic schools. The brief letter outlined the urgency of financial assistance and drew attention to the existence of Radio Veritas. From time to time we still hear of people who haven't heard of Radio Veritas and so we urge the leadership in the Church to inform people of our existence and where we can be found. We hope and pray that this appeal will be a resounding success.
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