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Photo by Mark Newman

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Mike Nabuurs will celebrate his 50th birthday by broadcasting for 50 hours straight on CKOC starting at noon on Sunday in support of Neighbour to Neighbour Centre.

Change of venue for Hamilton radiothon

Event in support of N2N Centre moved to Ancaster

By Mark Newman, News Staff

The show will go on, but at another venue.

Due to insurance issues Mike Nabuurs’ 50 hour radio marathon in support of Neighbour to Neighbour Centre originally slated for the Fortinos plaza at Upper James and Rymal has been moved to the front lawn of the Southcote 53 Tap and Grill (formerly Faloney’s) at 534 Garner Road near Wilson Street in Ancaster.

Nabuurs said there were particular concerns about his plans to use an inflatable bouncy castle during the broadcast.

“I had no idea that would be an issue,” said Nabuurs, who is doing the special broadcast on Classic Hits 1150 CKOC to celebrate his 50th birthday.

The broadcast begins at noon on Sunday and concludes at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

“It’s Neighbour to Neighbour and my name is Nabuurs, it seemed to be a natural fit,” said the west Mountain resident who came to Hamilton 25 years ago.

“This community has been some awesome to me and for me and with my family and so I was trying to think of a way to give back and have some fun an do something a little different,” Nabuurs said. “Everybody wants to get you a birthday present; you can get me canned goods for the Neighbour to Neighbour food bank.”

He’s planning a little on-air party to celebrate his birthday at 7:10 p.m. on Monday and the public is invited to drop by during the event.

“I will be on the air three times an hour, every hour for 50 hours,” Nabuurs said. “Anybody who helps out gets a plug, anybody who drops in I’d love to say hi to you on the air for making a contribution.”

Nabuurs said he’s hoping to collect a lot of food for children including baby food, peanut butter, snacks and canned fruit.

Doug Farraway, director of development at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, said the Athens Street agency will have their new truck at the event that can hold 11,000 pounds of food.

“It’s going to be great exposure for us,” said Farraway, a former CKOC employee who along with other Neighbour to Neighbour officials will be joining Nabuurs from time to time during the broadcast.

The summer is a traditionally slow time for donations to the food bank that serves more than 1,200 families each month.

Mountain residents are also urged to support another stuff-the-bus food raiser by Nick Davies on Saturday at the Freshco supermarket at Rymal and Upper Gage from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is Davies’ fifth event of the year for Neighbour to Neighbour Centre.

Meanwhile, Nabuurs won’t have much time to rest before or after the radiothon.

He’s the stadium public address announcer at Tiger-Cat home games and he will be working the team’s home opener on Saturday night less than 24 hours before the broadcast and he’ll be back at McMaster doing another Tiger-Cat game on July 31 less than two days after the event wraps up.

“It’s going to be a heck of a week, but I always will remember my 50th birthday,” Nabuurs said.

 

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