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GBC Open Day raises £123,000, and counting

GBC Open Day 12-12-18 (Photo John )

This year’s GBC Open Day raised over £123,000 for numerous local charities, with money still coming in.

The Open Day event saw a car raffled off, the traditional treasure hunt and a fundraising effort in Main Street.

Radio Gibraltar kicked off the event with a live broadcast from the Piazza where volunteers gave up of their time to help with the fundraising effort.

Last year the GBC Open Day raised a total of £127,000, a figure likely to be topped this year.

The Radio Gibraltar team and volunteers ended the day having raised close to £39,000.

There were plenty of opportunities to grab a bargain, including the auction of 25 lots donated by local firms, and the ‘Quick Fire Sales’ of over 60 further items were sold on Radio Gibraltar as from 7.30am, offering some festive bargains.

Between 9am and 7pm Radio Gibraltar hosted a marathon mix of music and chat live from the Piazza, with presenters passing on special messages in return for a donation.

Local musicians also performed during the day live on Radio Gibraltar.

After this GBC television took over live from John Mackintosh Hall.

During the first 90 minutes of the programme children took over Broadcasting House, and after a break for Newswatch, the GBC Open Day TV show continued with fundraising events, including the raffle of a car.

The Open Day Auction then followed with different prizes auctioned off.

The auction remains open until 1pm today, with successful bidders announced today at 7.30pm.

Last year the GBC Open Day Trust donated funds to the Gibraltar Society for Cancer Relief, St John’s Ambulance, the Physical Activities Association for Mature Older Adults, the Three Kings’ Cavalcade, Childline, the Calpe House Trust, Gibraltar Mental Welfare Society, Clinic Nepal and the Environmental Safety Group.

Pic by Johnny Bugeja

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