Cadbury, Coca-Cola and An Post are this year’s headline sponsors of Christmas FM, the festive radio station that raises money for charities.
The station has been running for the past 12 years and, since it began broadcasting, it has has raised just under €2m for a range of charities including Temple Street, Sightsavers, ISPCC, Barnardos, Simon, Age Action, Aware, Make-A-Wish and Focus Ireland.
Christmas FM will broadcast from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, which has donated the studio space for free. A number of well-known broadcasters have also given up their spare time to volunteer their services to run the station and host programmes.
The station broadcasts live on FM, as well as online at www.christmasfm.com and on Virgin Media Channel 900.
According to Garvan Rigby, co-founder of Christmas FM: “We are delighted to bring Christmas FM back on-air for our twelfth year. We are beyond delighted to have reached this mark and want to thank each and every one of our listeners who have supported us and in turn, supported each of our chosen charities. We would like to thank Cadbury, Coca-Cola and An Post who have come on board as the 2019 premier FM sponsors and for Barretstown, who have been chosen as the year’s charity. We’re excited to get on air and begin our fundraising, so we can help press play on over 850 days of life changing programmes at Barretstown, rebuilding the lives of seriously ill children.”
According to Ria Rianti, brand manager at Cadbury: “Cadbury and Christmas go hand in hand and we are delighted to be working with Christmas FM again this year to celebrate the generous instinct that Irish people are so well known for. We hope listeners enjoy being part of the Cadbury Secret Santa on-air giveaways and celebrate the joy of giving, just because this Christmas. The countdown to Christmas would not be the same without Christmas FM.”
Garrett Bridgeman, managing director, An Post Mails & Parcels adds: “We’re all about Sending Love through cards and parcels to family and friends at home and abroad this Christmas. Supporting Christmas FM is a very special part of our countdown to Christmas and we’re delighted to be working with their wonderful team to Send Love near and far again this year.”
“Coca-Cola is a brand so synonymous with Christmas and we can’t wait to start spreading the Christmas spirit across the island of Ireland. Coca-Cola are delighted to be supporting Christmas FM again this year as a part of our Holidays Are Coming campaign, bringing you the magic of Christmas through the airwaves all December long,” concludes Petre Sandru, country manager of Coca-Cola Ireland.