Movies for good cause

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

TELETHON Com­mu­nity Cine­mas are gear­ing up for an­other sea­son of movie hits that will not only en­ter­tain but also ben­e­fit var­i­ous char­i­ties.

The ini­tia­tive has been run­ning since 2002, after Ken Gib­bons had the idea to stage a fam­ily-fo­cused out­door cin­ema in Burs-wood.

Since then an­other two cine­mas have popped up in Mur­doch and Bassendean.

Last Wed­nes­day, it was an­nounced that more than $800,000 had been raised from the screen­ings in the past fi­nan­cial year.

That fig­ure took its cu­mu­la­tive to­tal after 15 years of screen­ings to nearly $7 mil­lion.

Hav­ing al­ways do­nated its prof­its to char­i­ties, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has now part­nered with Telethon.

That means in fu­ture all Com­mu­nity Cine­mas prof­its will be fun­nelled into Telethon ben­e­fi­cia­ries, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for chil­dren all over WA.

Re­cently the or­gan­i­sa­tion handed over a cheque for $566,000 to Telethon.

New sea­sons are about to start at Bur­swood (Novem­ber 24), Mur­doch (Novem­ber 10) and Bassendean (De­cem­ber 8).

Visit www.com­mu­ni­tycin­e­mas.com.au.

Telethon CEO Steve Mum­mery with Ken Gib­bons.

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