Telethon smashes $300m

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Mitchell Wood­cock

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.

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