2GB Vinnies Christmas Radiothon raises over $100,000

Sydney’s 2GB fundraising campaign, The Vinnies Christmas Radiothon, has raised more than $100,000 to support local families struggling this Christmas.

More than 500 individuals – including Prime Minister Anthony AlbanesePeter DuttonDan TehanNSW Premier Dominic PerrottetChris Minns and Mark Latham – contributed to the all-day on-air campaign on Friday, 16th December. 

Individual donations ranged from $10 up to a $10,000 contribution made at 5.57pm, taking the tally over the $100,000 mark just before the close of the Radiothon at 6.00pm.

“Our listeners, clients, supporters and staff rallied behind this great cause, contributing in any way they could, across a truly uplifting day of radio. We were blown away at the generosity of so many,” said 2GB Content Manager, Luke Davis.

“2GB prides itself on making a difference in our community each and every day and the $100,000 raised as part of this Radiothon will – with the help of the good people at Vinnies – make a significant and very real difference to the lives of many this Christmas.”

CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, Jack de Groot, said: “2GB has done an outstanding job helping the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW raise more than $100,000 as part of our Christmas Appeal to help families survive the cost of living crisis.”

“This will help us provide assistance to the many people experiencing disadvantage including homelessness, domestic violence and poverty throughout the state.”

“I want to thank 2GB, which has been a long-term partner of the Society, and I also want to thank the hosts for being such good sports and everyone behind the scenes who helped us achieve this great result.”

Some of the highlights from the 2GB Vinnies Christmas Radiothon included: 

  • Presenters John Stanley and Mark Levy sang a live duet of Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Mark Levy agreed to take on Paul Gallen in the boxing ring (wearing flippers) thanks to a Ben Fordham donation
  • Joe Hildebrand personally donated $4,000 instead of buying a family puppy
  • Chef Jason Roberts donated a $100 note from the wallet of his late father, who always wanted to support the underdog.

Catch up on the 2GB Vinnies Christmas Radiothon via the Radiothon blog, and donate to the appeal here

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