From the 19th - 24th of December each year, Ghetto Radio, in cooperation with 3FM and the Red Cross, helps to raise awareness of a ‘silent’ or under-reported disaster in our midst. The event is called Serious Request, and each year the event is based around a chosen theme.
For the 6 days, in various cities around the world, three presenters from the participating stations are "locked" together in a glass studio somewhere in the city centre, and from there they take and broadcast music requests 24/6.
The catch is that as an act of solidarity with the "victims" of that year's disaster the presenters go without food for the duration of the event, surviving only on one health drink a day.
Ghetto Radio's station in Nairobi joined the list of participating stations in 2008, when the theme was "Refugees". The theme in 2009 was malaria, an infection that claims over a million lives each year, and yet is relatively easy to avoid or treat.
The above video is from Day 5 of Serious Request 2009, Nairobi.
Check ghettoradio.co.ke/SR2009/index.php for more.
See also Ghetto Radio (ghettoradio.eu)