Cape Town – RX Radio – presented by children with chronic health conditions, their friends, and siblings – could soon face closure if it does not get adequate public support, the station housed in the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital said.
Their listeners are children, youth, the hospital community, and the public in general.
RX Radio – which broadcasts 24/7, and provides live and pre-recorded programmes – is desperately trying to raise R2.2 Million.
The money is needed by the end of the year to secure operational costs for the next 12 months.
RX Radio has four full-time staff members, an intern, a mentor, and volunteers, who work behind the scenes to make the magic happen.
With the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy, RX Radio said it hopes to receive donations from loyal listeners, philanthropists, open-hearted members of the public, and corporates.
“Thankfully, a private donor from the US has committed to donating $30 000 (+- R450 000) for 2023, to keep the historic radio station on the air for the time being, but without additional support, the station could face indefinite closure,” RX Radio said in a statement issued Wednesday,
“Since the launch of RX Radio’s crowdfunding campaign, over R13 000 has been raised through kind contributions from 16 donors hoping to keep the ground-breaking station running.”
RX Radio’s mission is to spread positivity, create awareness around health conditions, share important news stories and provide entertainment around the clock to comfort their many listeners in hospital wards and public spaces in South Africa and around the globe.
“We hope to inspire self-confidence and allow our reporters to dream beyond their circumstances and have kept hope alive for countless patients who have tuned into RX Radio,” said Noluyolo Ngomani, Station Manager at RX Radio.