Do you wish it could be Christmas every day?
Well from today 28 November, your wish will be granted…
thanks to Christmas FM!
The festive radio station is returning to the airwaves to play all of your favourite Christmas songs and spread lots of festive cheer and seasonal goodwill every single day in the run up to Christmas.
This year, Christmas FM sponsored by Centra, Vodafone and the Irish Daily Mail will be raising awareness and funds for Aware, enabling us to continue to provide support, information and education services around depression to individuals, families and communities throughout Ireland.
Tune in to hear a host of very familiar radio voices who will be volunteering their time to bring you round-the-clock Christmas tunes and festive updates until St. Stephen’s Day. A number of high profile personalities will also be lending their support to Christmas FM and dropping into the station to share their very special Christmas memories and favourite holiday experiences. They include Brian Kennedy, Fair City’s Aoibheann McCaul, Sonya Lennon, Brendan Courtney, TV3’s Sinead Desmond, Karen Koster and Lisa Cannon, Dustin the Turkey and lots of other well known names!
The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are Dublin City and County 94.3FM, Dublin Commuter Belt 88.1FM, Limerick 105.5FM, Galway 89.5FM, Cork 106.7FM, Wexford 103.8FM, North Midlands 99.4FM, North East 101.6FM and North Wicklow is 99.5FM. Christmas FM is also available online at www.christmasfm.com and you can follow the station on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christmasfm.
Walter Hegarty, Rudolph’s minder and co-founder of Christmas FM, says: “We are delighted to be back on air for our sixth year, bringing lots of Christmas cheer while also raising money for our charity partner Aware. Since we began broadcasting five years ago, we have raised in excess of €500,000 for charity, which is a wonderful achievement for everyone involved in the initiative. We look forward to receiving texts and Christmas song requests from our loyal listeners. With every text sent, €2 is donated to Aware, so get listening and get texting. We’re really looking forward to being on air round-the-clock to get everyone in the festive mood.”
Dr. Claire Hayes, Clinical Director of Aware, said that the partnership with Christmas FM comes at an important time: “Depression is a condition which can happen at any stage, but there is no doubt that the lead up to Christmas and New Year brings additional pressures for many people. We very much appreciate this opportunity to highlight Aware’s free positive mental health supports to listeners of Christmas FM over the next few weeks. And of course this also gives people the opportunity to donate to an organisation which is making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families throughout Ireland, every day of the year.”
This year, Christmas FM is being sponsored by Centra, Vodafone and the Irish Daily Mail.
Commenting on the partnership, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of Centra said: “Centra, Ireland’s leading convenience retailer with over 460 stores nationwide, is delighted to join this partnership with Christmas FM to help brighten up Christmas in communities across Ireland. As well as spreading the festive cheer, we are honoured to have the opportunity to support such a worthy cause as Aware and help those in need during this seasonal period.”
Marcel de Groot, Consumer Director, Vodafone Ireland said: “We are very excited to sponsor Christmas FM this year. It’s become a real staple soundtrack to Christmas in our stores, offices, cars and homes over the past number of years. Music plays a big part in all of our Christmas celebrations and we at Vodafone can’t wait to help get this year’s celebrations underway while supporting the Aware charity at the same time.”
Commenting on their sponsorship, Paul Henderson, Managing-Director of Associated Newspapers Ireland, publisher of the Irish Daily Mail said: “The Irish Daily Mail is delighted to sponsor Christmas FM once again this year. Aware is a wonderful charity and we are very happy to be associated with their work. Christmas is a time of joy and happiness for most people but there are many individuals and families who suffer with depression and anxiety who find it even more difficult at this time of year. We will encourage our readers and Christmas FM listeners to support this important charity.”
Christmas FM would also like to thank the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin, which is home to the radio station this year.