Two Leeds schoolgirls staged a 12 hour live radio fundraising marathon - and barely stopped talking during their non-stop stint.
Sisters Jennah and Aaliyah Karim, aged just nine and 12, thought to be the youngest DJs in Leeds, secured pledges of almost £2,500 for victims of the Nepal earthquake during their mammoth broadcast.
They aired the show at Radio Asian Fever, based at the Roundhay Resource Centre, Harehills in Leeds, which is managed by their father.
Proud dad Jabbar Karim said: “They talk non-stop anyway, but I was worried they may get bored for such a long time on the airwaves. But it all worked out great. They were excellent and kept the listeners entertained for the full 12 hours.”
The girls broadcast non-stop on Saturday from 8am until 8pm. The pair were moved to take action after hearing how the disaster has killed at least 8,500 people, since the first 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, followed by further earthquakes and tremors.
In the Dolakha district east of Kathmandu, which was hit hardest by the second quake, dozens of landslides have blocked access to remote villages as emergency services and volunteers from around the world try to gain access.
The enterprising pair already have their own shows on the popular radio station.
Jennah, also known as Baby J, has a Saturday show and Aaliyah has her own show each Monday for younger people, called ‘Did you know? with Aaliyah K’.
Mr Karim said that Jennah, who attends St Matthew’s Primary School in Chapel Allerton, had been moved to tears by the disaster and collected her pocket money.
He added: “We have had an amazing response, mostly from younger people handing over their own cash who have been moved by the disaster.”
It is hoped further donations and pledges will push the total raised by the girls to beyond £3,000.
Monies raised will be passed to the Disasters Emergency Committee. See http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/FeverGiving to donate.