Positive Life Radio Fundraising Helps Relieve Hunger in Cambodia

February 01, 2003 | Bradley Nelson

Positive Life Radio recently teamed up with Musicianaries International, Inc. (MII) to help raise money that will be used to purchase rice for needy people in the country of Cambodia.

Three concerts featuring Christian recording artist Bobby Michaels were held Nov. 21-23 in Walla Walla, Richland, and Wenatchee, Wash. Positive Life Radio also took pledges through their radio station network, and a group of Walla Walla College students also raised $1,500 by going door-to-door in the community.

A total of $39,240 was raised. With a cost of approximately $250 for a ton of rice, this represents more than 300,000 lbs of rice—enough to feed 1,800 needy families for an entire year. One hundred percent of the money raised will go towards purchasing rice. Overhead and transportation costs will be paid for by other means.

“Positive Life Radio listeners really latched onto this project,” says station program manager Don Godman. “I get goose bumps just thinking about how many hungry people will eat because of our generous listeners.”

Over the past three years, Cambodia has been hit by a series of unusually bad periods of drought and flooding. Millions of dollars worth of rice fields have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of Cambodians have been left homeless. In December Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that his country is facing an estimated food shortage of 88,000 tons of rice for next year.

In January Musicianaries will take the money it has collected up to that point to purchase and distribute the rice and share a message of hope in Cambodia.

Musicianaries International, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1987 by Christian recording artist Bobby Michaels. To date, MII has provided concerts, Christian leadership training, and humanitarian food relief in more than 50 countries around the world.

Positive Life Radio has a long-standing relationship with singer Bobby Michaels and MII. Last June, the radio station network raised $4,500 towards MII’s “Instrument Bank,” a program that distributed musical instruments to Christians in Cuba.

Positive Life Radio is an outreach and training ministry of WWC. Each year dozens of college students gain practical experience in audio production, office management, public relations, engineering, and announcing, at the station.

Positive Life Radio is heard live on independently owned station affiliates in Wenatchee 89.9 FM, Spokane 104.9 FM, Yakima 91.1 FM, Walla Walla and Tri-Cities 91.3 FM, Lewiston/Clarkson 105.5 FM, and Moscow/Pullman 95.3 FM. The station can also be heard on the Internet at http://www.plr.org/