Tune in to TV to dial up sup­port for sick kids

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

THIS year’s Chan­nel Nine Telethon or­gan­is­ers hope to dial up $11 mil­lion of sup­port for our sick kids.

The star-stud­ded an­nual event will be broad­cast across Queens­land and North­ern NSW on Satur­day (Novem­ber 18).

It raises money for the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

The foun­da­tion pro­vides vi­tal sup­port for young pa­tients at­tend­ing Lady Ci­lento Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

The telethon has raised about $32 mil­lion since 2014.

That money has been in­vested in life-sav­ing med­i­cal re­search, vi­tal pe­di­atric equip­ment and for “com­fort and entertainment” ser­vices for ill chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

“The sur­vival rates for brain cancer have not im­proved dur­ing the past 30 years and only 20 per cent of chil­dren with the dis­ease will sur­vive,” foun­da­tion CEO Rosie Simp­son said.

“And if they do sur­vive, they face re­ally chronic health is­sues through­out their lives.”

The foun­da­tion of­fers a sig­nif­i­cant bright spot in the lives of chil­dren who stay at Lady Ci­lento.

It of­fers the in-house Juiced TV where kids get to star in their own TV show.

It also pro­vides the fun Clown Doc­tors, volunteers who en­ter­tain chil­dren with books, movies and games, the Cud­dle Car­ers pro­gram for ba­bies, mu­sic ther­apy, pet ther­apy, and hos­pi­tal vis­its by fa­mous peo­ple.

The telethon starts at 7pm on Satur­day and there will be a spe­cial doc­u­men­tary on the Lady Ci­lento and its pa­tients from 5pm.

PHOTO:CON­TRIB­UTED

Chil­dren cel­e­brate the $12m raised dur­ing the 2016 Chan­nel Nine Telethon that sup­ports the Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

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