by Ram Kalyan 'Kelly' on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 1:03pm
Radio presenters who have served Southampton’s diverse communities for more than a decade have been invited to the Mayor’s Parlour as recognition for their volunteering, dedication and service.
Based in St Mary’s Road, Unity 101 Community Radio’s philosophy is 'By the community, for the community and to the community'. It is staffed by volunteers – on and off air, broadcasting the music and culture of Southampton’s diverse communities.
Project and Station Manager, Ram Kalyan “Kelly” along with Jo Ash CBE, Chief Executive of Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) and the Southampton Mayor, Cllr Cathie McEwing, will be celebrating thirteen volunteers who have been giving their time to the station for more than a decade. They will be presented with certificates of recognition and appreciation in a reception at the Mayor’s Parlour, followed by dinner at Kuti’s Restaurant, Oxford Street, where other Unity 101 volunteers will join them to share in the celebration.
Ram Kalyan Kelly said: “These volunteers have helped shape Unity 101 into the reliable, trust-worthy and much loved radio station and community resource it is today. Even though each of them have busy lives, they willingly make time for the station, presenting a diverse range of programmes and becoming household names and sources of valuable information for their communities.”
The certificates were presented on 21st February at the Southampton Mayor’s Parlour which were then followed by Kuti’s, Oxford Street, Southampton.
The Mayor of Southampton, Cllr Cathie McEwing says "It is a great privilege and honour to be giving awards out to Unity 101. They’ve brought so much into Southampton. They’ve shaped the community, they’ve shaped the food, they’ve shaped the culture."
Jo Ash who is the CEO of Southampton Voluntary Service's also added"Fantastic celebration of volunteers contribution to Unity 101. Unity 101 embodies all that’s best in Southampton."