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2nd February 2010, 1:50pm
Siren FM pitches in to raise 300 for earthquake victims
Siren FM volunteers Siren FM, the University of Lincoln's on-campus community radio station, has raised more than 300 to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.

A team of dedicated staff, students and volunteers staged a 12-hour fundraising drive to drum up donations for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal.

Siren FM's managing editor, Andrew David, said: "We banked a total of 303 just by asking people if they'd like to donate for a mention on air. Volunteers shook collecting tins and presented live programmes for 12 hours. People were generous with their time as well as with their money."

Extra programmes were produced, including contributions from the Islamic Society and the Students' Union about their fundraising efforts. The station even scooped an exclusive interview with the fundraising manager for the Red Cross in Lincolnshire - one of the member agencies of the DEC.
The fundraising drive, which took place on Friday 29 January, was proposed by Deborah Wilson, programme leader for BA Journalism at the university's Lincoln School of Journalism.

Deborah said: "The strength of feeling shared by all involved with the station meant we needed to pitch in to do something. If all 150 community radio stations on air did what we did, just think how much difference that could make to the aid effort."

Charlotte Lyon, Lincolnshire fundraiser for the Red Cross, said: "It was lovely to come to the radio station for my interview and see the different events that people are organising across the county. We have had pledge events on radio stations, sponsored silences in schools, car boot sales, street collections and much more. Many events are still going ahead. Thank you to Siren FM and all its listeners for their support in raising over 300. Every penny counts toward helping the people of Haiti."

Siren FM is now planning its next event to raise more money for the earthquake survivors.

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