Written and photographed by Cesca Janece Waterfield.
“Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence wants everyone to know about the 2nd Annual Send a Kid to Camp Radio-thon.
On May 21 from 10am to 7pm on all Radio One stations, DJs will play anything you want – R&B, hip hop, easy favorites, or classic rock – for a $20 pledge. Proceeds go to send area children to summer camps.
“We would like everyone to get involved in this,” Clovia urges. “The one thing I want listeners to be aware of and know is that we want our kids off of the streets into a safe, structured and fun environment. We don’t want our kids to get involved with a gang or be affiliated with a gang. [We want them] in a structured environment all day long.”
Clovia is calling on all community leaders, businesses and YOU to sponsor a child or make a partial donation. Clovia’s whole heart is in this event. “My godson Alex Lance Booker died two years ago,” Clovia says. “He stayed with me every summer and he loved summer camp. He was the inspiration for the first Radio-thon last year, to do it in honor of him. He loved everything about summer camp; the structured recreational and learning activities. He loved the playground, cultural arts, and of course the breakfast and the lunch.”
Last year Radio-thon organizers raised nearly $40,000. This year they’re working to break that record. Camps through Richmond Dept. of Parks & Recreation cost $225 per child and run for nine weeks, June 22 to Aug. 24.