The larger Hot102.7FM community raised over R7 million for the station’s NPC during a half-day teddython on November 25 in Broadacres.

Over a period of 12 and a half hours, community members and businesses donated money and services to NPC Hot Cares through the Hot102.7FM radio station platform.

Teddy bears are also part of the audience at the Hot102.7FM Teddython in Broadacres. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

Hot Cares provides assistance to individuals and communities in need of educational resources, financial assistance, medical assistance and more. Residents were able to donate either by calling the station or going to the event and businesses offered their services for a fee. The presenters of the various shows had a number of activities ranging from a tug of war battle to an egg and spoon race.

Hot Cares manager Carmen Rocha said the support from the community throughout the day was exceptional. People outside of Johannesburg and the country also donated to the cause.
“Considering the hour we are in, I would say the day went considerably well. Last year we raised 6.2 million rand and we thought it was difficult.

“I think people weren’t expecting Covid to go on for this long and as such the needs increased because we thought we were at the end of Covid. Even achieving what we encountered last year was a challenge, and trying this year with a bigger goal was a stretch, ”she said.

Big Joburg Drive presenter on Hot102.7FM, Simon Parkinson presents highlights from the Tug-o-War battle with the Breakfast Show crew. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane
Renowned South African actor, Treasure Tshabalala with a HotCares teddy bear at HOT 102.7FM Teddython. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

Rocha added that many more people have donated their time and effort to help Hot Cares during the height of the pandemic, and that with difficult times, the community has received more love.
Bunny Majaja, co-host of the station’s breakfast show, said it was an honor to be a part of fundraising and helping the voiceless.

“I think this testifies to the difficulty of the times. Everyone is aware of how difficult it is, but people have opened their hearts if they were able to help.

“We can be a go-between for these big companies and generous people who are giving all that money to something sustainable that will change lives,” she said. Four-way exam.

Hot102.7FM Luncheon Host Ursula Chikane is on air giving listeners an update on the money donated during the Hot102.7FM Telethon on Broadacres. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane
Hot102.7FM’s Big Joburg Drive team of Michael Avery, Simon Parkinson, Keorapetse Hlope and Dylan Rogers succeed in a tug-of-war battle. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

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