Radio Lollipop's Mission
To Provide Care, comfort, Play and Entertainment to sick children in the hospital
Moving to the Beat...of Radio Lollipop!
A unique charity, Radio Lollipop first began in 1979 at Queen Mary's Hospital for Children in England. The program has been such a success that Radio Lollipop has now spread to more than 15 hospitals throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, reaching over a quarter of a million children each year. In August of 1996, Nicklaus Children's became the first hospital in the United States to host a Radio Lollipop.
Play is essential to a child's development. It is important that hospitalized children are both supported and encouraged to participated in play and learning activities.
At each Radio Lollipop site - with its fully-equipped in-house radio station - a team of volunteers involve the patients in recreational activities linked to radio programs that are child-focused, and filled with mentally stimulating fun and games.
Many programs are often presented by the patients themselves! Volunteers also work with the children at bedside playing games, reading books and otherwise encouraging them to participate in the radio broadcasts and win prizes.
The dedication of the Radio Lollipop volunteers at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, paid off in February 1998 when they were presented with the prestigious American Hospital Association Award for Volunteer Excellence during a ceremony in Washington D.C.
Radio Lollipop at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, is located on the third floor, right next door to the Child Life Playroom. The program provides a special brand of fun and laughter for hospitalized patients each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m..
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If you are 18 years or older, can spare at least two hours a week, and enjoy working and playing with children, you can become a Radio Lollipop volunteer. Full training is provided and it's great fun!
Radio Lollipop is a non-profit organization. Its day to day operation depends on charitable donations from its fans and friends alike. Running a radio station costs money and that's where your generosity comes in. Sponsorship from both local and national companies provides Radio Lollipop with the funds necessary to keep it on air. Money raised goes directly to pay for musical equipment, CDs, toys, and supplies for art projects.
Through the support of our benefactors, Radio Lollipop continues to flourish. Individuals and companies can support Radio Lollipop by making regular or one-time donations. All donations are tax deductible. (Radio Lollipop is a 501c3 non-profit corporation).
Let Radio Lollipop be your charity of choice. Give to Radio Lollipop today. No donation is too small. Your donation can actually be doubled if your company/employer offers a matching gift program. Please click here if you would like to support our program.
Corporate Sponsorship has proven to be a successful partnership for Radio Lollipop and its sponsors. Both locally and overseas, Radio Lollipop has been sponsored by organizations including McArthur Dairy, the Norman Shulevitz Foundation, John Alden Corporation, the Kiwanis Club of Miami, Delta Airlines, and Armstrong Toyota.
If you belong to a group or service club and would be interested in learning more about Radio Lollipop at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, please contact us. We would be happy to make a presentation and answer your questions at one of your meetings. For more information on Radio Lollipop at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, please call 305-669-6537.