RX Radio's 3rd Birthday
- By: Lwazi Volsak
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/rx-radios-3rd-birthday
RX Radio is a radio station run by and for children operating from the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. It is one of the first radio stations in the world that trains child reporters to broadcast from within a hospital. In the last 3 years, RX Radio has trained 100 children/young reporters (ages 4 to 18), at Red Cross and Paarl Hospital.
We broadcast 24/7, LIVE and Pre-recorded programmes (including shows, music, podcasts, and radio diaries).
On the 20th of May 2020 RX Radio celebrated 3 years being on air.Due to the global pandemic we were unable to host our annual birthday celebration broadcast. We will now be hosting a virtual live broadcast on Saturday 19th of September 2020 to mark this special occasion and also be raising funds for the station.
The fundraising campaign will start on 7th August 2020 until 19th September 2020 ( the day of the celebratory broadcast event).
This campaign will allow the radio station to continue doing the work that we do, which is to be a developmental organisation that impacts the hospital community, youth and the public in general. We also make sure that we give opportunities and a platform for child patients, youth, families and the health professionals to engage in an ongoing intergenerational dialogue.
RX Radio provides a platform for children’s voices to be listened to and taken seriously. The station also opens up possible career paths for the children and youth.
RX Radio has a budget of R2 862 367 for the year 2021. RX Radio’s budget goes towards salaries of staff and operational cost (equipment, transport for kids, workshops, basic training, live broadcast, refreshments etc.)
We are currently supported by Children’s Hospital Trust, WTW and DGMT but we still have a deficit of R463 125. Funds made through this campaign will go towards the deficit.
RX Radio has received a donation of R48 100 from KFM, going towards our Back a Buddy campaign. This amount does not reflect on our campaign page as it was sent directly to our bank account.
Please continue supporting us by donating and sharing the link with your networks so that the station can continue doing the great work we do which is advocating for children’s voices to be heard and taken seriously.
- Sep 18, 2020 - R 1 057.50
RX Radio - three years of passion, perseverance, productivity and participation par excellance. Congrats!" - Helen
- Sep 18, 2020 - R 528.75
- "Happy birthday RX Radio!" - LV
- Sep 18, 2020 - R 211.50
- "All the best with the fundraising" - Buxeys
- Sep 17, 2020 - R 500.00
- "Happy Birthday " - Jane Booth
- Sep 16, 2020 - R 1 057.50
- "Happy Birthday RX Radio! Bravo Bravo!!!" - G U
- Sep 16, 2020 - R 1 110.38
Happy 3rd Birthday RXR. Congratulations. You are a trailblazer" - MK
- Sep 14, 2020 - R 211.50
- "Hope we reach the target. " - Brent
- Sep 12, 2020 - R 150.00
- "On wards and upwards!" - Niki
- Sep 12, 2020 - R 105.75
- "Happy Birthday RX Radio " - Thandokazi
- Sep 09, 2020 - R 100.00
- "Happy birthday RX Radio. Keep doing the brilliant work your are doing!" - Anonymous
- Sep 08, 2020 - R 1 000.00
- "Happy Birthday Rx Radio" - Claire Mawisa
- Aug 31, 2020 - R 528.75
Thank you RxRadio. We are so proud to be part of you. May you grow from strength to strength." - Hannah and Emily Olivier
- Aug 26, 2020 - R 1 057.50
- "Happy birthday! And congratulations on all you phenomenal achievements team " - Nazli
- Aug 25, 2020 - R 528.75
- "Love your important work in the world! Prosperity and Love to you all xxx" - Nina Callaghan
- Aug 17, 2020 - R 200.00
- "Best of luck with your fundraising. I hope you will continue to do the inspiring work you do for the children of Red Cross Hospital" - VoiceWorks communciation skills consultancy
- Aug 07, 2020 - R 211.50
- "Hope the fundraising efforts are successful. " - Waseema
RX Radio SA
Who we are:
RX Radio is a radio station run by and for children operating from the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. It is the first radio station in the world that trains child reporters to broadcast from within a hospital. In the last 3 years RX Radio has trained 100 child/young reporters (ages 4 to 18), at Red Cross and Paarl Hospital. A team of 7 staff, volunteers and former reporters (ages 18+) work behind the scenes to train, coordinate, and support the reporters – but the children are always behind the microphones and are active participants in the production; they design their own shows, choose the music, invite guests, write interview questions, and even plan fundraising events.
What we do:
RX Radio broadcasts 24/7, LIVE and Pre-recorded programmes (including shows, music, podcasts, and radio diaries). The station transmits audio and images through the hospital’s internal television system to all wards and public spaces in the hospital. We also live stream the same content on our website and app, and frequently update our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Magazine-format shows consist of music, interviews, stories, news, weather, and traffic updates. Children in the hospital can also participate in the shows through song requests, dedications, live games and prize giveaways by calling or interacting with our social media. To become an RX Radio reporter, children first complete basic training: a week of workshops about important life skills (e.g. listening, storytelling), radio reporting and production skills. At the end of the week, children produce a five-minute audio-visual “radio diary” where they tell a story of their choice, and many narrate their experience in hospital. After basic training, they have the choice to become an official RX Radio reporter. They then can participate in on-going training: workshops led by staff and guest facilitators from a variety of fields.
Objectives: We strive to
- Improve children’s experiences of hospital and of their illness;
- Increase adult understanding of children’s experiences of chronic illness/hospital;
- Inform improved health worker and hospital practice;
- Produce quality audio programmes by children and for children.
- Contribute to the healing process