By Clare BruceMonday 25 Nov 2019Hope Afternoons
As Hope 103.2 Appeals go, the Hope Worth Sharing Appeal of November 2019 was no ordinary one.
Bushfire season had arrived before the summer had even begun, and as our fundraising got underway, large swathes of the state of NSW were being terrorised by the some of the worst fires we’d seen in years.
As weather and fire conditions built to ‘Catastrophic’ level on Tuesday, November 12, Hope’s fundraising goal – though vital to the ministry – suddenly seemed like a much smaller concern by comparison, explains Hope 103.2 CEO Phillip Randall.
“We weren’t certain to be honest how best to deal with it,” he said. “We’ve never faced something like this in the past.”
As Phillip explains, Hope management decided to suspend the Appeal for 24 hours, and spend the day praying, and sharing messages of support, comfort and hope to our community. Despite losing a day’s fundraising, the station’s management and staff knew it was the right decision.
“It was a God given opportunity for us to come together in support of the community,” Phillip said.
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“In hindsight, what occurred during that difficult Tuesday, is really a representation of what Hope 103.2 is: we came together as a community to look after one another, and it was fabulous to see.”
“In hindsight, what occurred during that difficult Tuesday, is really a representation of what Hope 103.2 is.”
Many listeners expressed their gratitude over the decision, finding great encouragement in the interviews and content we shared throughout the day. And financially, the setback proved to be only temporary. On our one-day appeal closer on Friday, November 22, aptly named “Finish It Friday”, listeners blew us away with their generous support.
Phillip expressed his gratitude to Hope supporters.
“Thank you for the part you played not just for supporting Hope, but for gathering together with your community and praying for our community,” he said. “Even in the middle of the uncertainty, you stayed with us and supported us. And that’s probably the biggest gift of all.
“Together with you, we can make a difference with the Hope of the gospel—regardless of what unfolds.”