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It’s been another busy month here at JOY, with our spring grid launching on 7 August and our inaugural JOY Art Auction occurring on 10 August. Now we are focused on the Marriage Law Postal Survey.

I am excited to see so many voices returning to JOY in the current grid. Over the past 12 months we have been working to build capacity with our programming team to ensure that our volunteers are able to take breaks from broadcasting. One of the recommendations we make to all of our presenters is to take a four-week break each year, and we are starting to see this happen more frequently. This is due to the hard work of our volunteer coordinator and program director in identifying new presenting talent and in expanding our existing teams to provide increased capacity and to ensure we have over 125 hours of original programming each week. If you or someone you know would like to join our team of volunteers, please get in contact.

The inaugural JOY Art Auction saw 15 artists donating pieces. It was an amazing night, with over 40 people in attendance along with many of the talented and generous artists who donated work. I am incredibly proud to advise that we raised over $10,000 for JOY. We look forward to bringing this event back in 2018. A big thank-you to David Hunt from Sunday Arts Magazine, who organised it.

As you all know, we are now well and truly into the Marriage Law Postal Survey (marriage equality plebiscite) campaign. We here are JOY fully support a ‘YES’ vote and will be working to ensure that our listeners are enrolled to vote and informed on the topic. While we are certain to see a range of hate-based ‘NO’ material both online and around our country over the next couple of months, we will do our best to capture the spirit of the LGBTI communities and the reasons that equality is so important to all Australians. We are incredibly proud to be creating community service announcements and programs to be sent to our regional and rural friends to make sure that no LGBTI person feels alone at this time.

Remember that JOY is here for all of you. We are here to be your voice and to provide a safe space to connect with your community. Tune in or stream us any time, day or night – we’ll be here.

– Tennille Moisel, CEO

 

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