Ilkeston, Derbyshire – David ‘Big D’ Tonge is a DJ that hosts a show called Noize Level Critical on the internet radio station ‘Rock Stars Glued.’ The website can be found here. Awareness For Autism founder and director, John Daly contacted Autism Daily Newscast to tell us about the 24 hour radio marathon that David ‘Big D’ Tonge held in order to raise awareness and funds for autism.
John told us that he was approached by David several months ago as he wanted Awareness For Autism to become involved as a second charity benefactor for his annual Rock Festival in Nottingham.
Awareness For Autism was set up in July 2013 with the aim of raising important awareness for autism within the local area of Ilkeston.
Since this first encounter the two men have become firm friends. John told us that he has been “astounded by his eagerness to take an interest in autism and his want to understand what many other families live with on a daily basis.”
John continued to add that after Christmas, David had the fantastic idea of doing a 24 hour radio show marathon on his station in order to raise money for Awareness For Autism. This took place from 5pm on Fri March 13 and ended 5pm Sat March 14.
“He [David] was inundated with support from many autism pages from Facebook, had a few special guests Skype the show and special guests from Rock bands etc…that also popped into his Ilkeston based HQ to keep him company for several hours at a time.”
“David didn’t have to do this, but that he wanted to do this and he has now gone down as a bit of a “legend” within the on-line community that were aware of what he was doing.”
To find out more about how the event went and to find out what will be happening in the future, here is the link to David’s Facebook Event Page. www.facebook.com/events/279564915500602
To date David has raised a fantastic £548, with donations still expected in person from those that have offered to donate – and also via the Go Fund Me page that can be found here: www.GoFundMe.com/24hrNLC