So­phie back for Telethon

South Western Times - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Fifty years of Telethon me­mories will be cel­e­brated as the State digs deep to raise money for sick kids. Bun­bury’s 2012 Telethon Star So­phie Read, 12, will re­turn to the Telethon set for the mile­stone, while Reuben Pow­ell, 12, Max Guerin, 13, and Te­gan McCaf­ferty, 13, will ea­gerly wait to see their friend on TV.

FIVE years af­ter her first ap­pear­ance as the Re­gional Lit­tle Telethon Star, 12-year-old Bun­bury girl So­phie Read will make her way to Perth to take part in the Telethon week­end as part of the 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

So­phie has ju­ve­nile arthri­tis and avas­cu­lar ner­cro­sis – a con­di­tion that oc­curs when there is loss of blood to the bone which even­tu­ally causes the bone to col­lapse if it is not stopped.

So­phie will at­tend the open­ing night on Satur­day be­fore tak­ing do­na­tions in the phone room from 11am to 12pm on Sun­day.

So­phie’s mum Aydee Ed­wards said she was happy So­phie had the op­por­tu­nity to go back and help raise more money for kids in need.

“I just want to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to do­nate be­cause it sup­ports a lot of dif­fer­ent char­i­ties for chil­dren’s health in WA and re­search which is re­ally im­por­tant,” she said.

“For So­phie, the re­search side of things is where we need the money be­cause her dis­ease is rare and doesn’t re­ally have a treat­ment or a cure.”

Ms Ed­wards said she doesn’t think So­phie wants the infamous “Johnny Ruffo kiss” aired again, but she plans to get “plenty of prank­ing ma­te­rial” to use on her friends watch­ing Telethon from home.

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