JUST hours after a Camborne radio presenter tweeted saying pledges for his entirely Cornish spoken radio podcast were low they began to increase steadily.
Matthew Clarke of Radyo an Gernewegva launched a funding appeal to help it expand and grow and he hopes to achieve its aims with help from crowd-funding, which involves members of the community pledging cash or skills to a project for small rewards.
But earlier today Mr Clarke posted on the social networking site: “No pledges for 24 hours now on seems not as many people are as passionate about Kernewek as I thought.”
When asked about the low of donations, he told the West Briton: “The pledges are now rising and we are currently at 16 per cent of the target.”
Mr Clarke is trying to raise £5,000 for the radio station through CrowdFunder.
He said he was hoping to build a professional and interactive website that acts a platform for people that speak, and want to learn, the language.
“The Cornish language is all about heritage and distinctiveness and it sets us apart from the crowd. Our main aim is to improve people’s fluency.
“The podcast is an opportunity for Cornish musicians to get their music heard and allows people to improve their Cornish language skills.
“Without people speaking the language it won’t survive. By donating you’re supporting a project that is dedicated to Cornwall’s future.”
The 30-minute weekly podcast has been going for five years. It consists of local music, including traditional instrumental, new groups and solo artists, alongside features and a five minute news bulletins about Cornwall.
Just short of £900 has been donated and £4,100 still needs to be raised.
The minimum pledge is £5 and donations can be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/radiokernewek.