Chinese Radiothon sets record raising more than $310,000 for The Princess Margaret


The Chinese Radiothon was an overwhelming success Thursday, Dec. 7, setting a record and raising more than $310,000 for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. 

Fairchild Radio broadcasted the ongoing event for the first time, surpassing the goal of $125,000. The two “Power Hour” portions were particularly successful, with two generous matching donations by the Jarislowsky Fraser Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Thirty volunteers were on hand for the 11-hour marathon at the Cancer Centre, manning 12 extremely busy phone lines. 

(Volunteers smile as they man the busy phone lines)
Paul Alofs, President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, took part in a live interview on the radio, telling listeners about the amazing work being done at The Princess Margaret.   

(Paul Alofs (L) and Dr. Charlie Chan (R) chats with Fairchild Radio during the marathon)

Dr. Charlie Chan, UHN Interim President and CEO, also stopped by to chat with listeners, as did members of The Princess Margaret’s radiation team, music therapist SarahRose Black, patients and donors. 

(The hosts of Fairchild Radio kept listeners engaged throughout the 11-hour marathon)

Those who stopped by to donate in person were also invited to fold paper cranes, which symbolizes giving hope to patients and their families. 

(The colourful paper cranes symbolize hope for patients and their families)
Guests were also invited to try a delicious cup of Hong Kong-style milk tea from Marathon Coffee and Donuts.