Telethon smashes $300m
West Australians once again showed their generosity and opened their wallets to help sick children, with Telethon raising more than $38 million at the weekend.
In its 51st year, presenters were pleading with the public to help push the total raised in the history of the event past $300 million, a tally which was smashed when a record $38,000,554 was raised.
This smashed the previous record of $36 million, which was raised last year, taking Telethon to new heights and showing the fantastic 26-hour appeal is still a key fundraiser.
Incoming Telethon chairman Richard Goyder said the fundraiser had been an institution in his life since his childhood in Tambellup.
“Everyone in WA knows Telethon and how wonderful it is and when Kerry Stokes asks you to do something, you have to have a good reason not to,” he said.
“It’s great to be involved in something the WA community embraces so much. The work that is funded through Telethon makes an amazing difference to the young people of this State and some of the medical research going on is phenomenal.
“Every dollar Telethon raises is dispersed to the people who need it, and you get a real sense of how many people work so hard during the year so this weekend comes together. Some of the stories you hear are heartbreaking and devastating and we can do something about it.”
One of the biggest Telethon events outside of Perth was in Bunbury on Sunday, where hundreds of people turned out to see The Chase Australia’s Issa Schultz and Home and Away star Rohan Nichols.