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Photo by Sarah Gardiner

Photo by Sarah Gardiner

Radio personality Mike Nabuurs (left) accepts a big box of food for the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank from Hamilton Community News reporter Mark Newman. The food was donated by HCN employees. To celebrate his 50th birthday, Nabuurs broadcasted for 50 straight hours on Classic Hits 1150 CKOC to encourage food donations. The radiothon took place outside the Southcote 53 Tap and Grill in Ancaster and wrapped up at noon on Tuesday.

Exhausted Hamilton broadcaster signs off

Radiothon raises more than 1,500 pounds of food for N2N Centre

A tired looking and sounding Mike Nabuurs signed off the air on CKOC radio just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, wrapping up a 50 hour broadcast marathon to raise food for Neighbour to Neighbour Centre.

“It was a great 50 hours,” said Neighbours who also did the broadcast to celebrate his 50th birthday.

The radiothon raised 1,521 pounds of food and $740 in cash and cheques.

Mark Rymond, manager of food services at the west Mountain centre, said the radiothon raised an enormous amount of food for their food bank but given the demand it’s expected to last only about a week.

Upwards of 1,200 families each month use the food bank.

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