Telethon's Weekend move

12 Aug 2004, 10:51:16 AM


For the first time in Telethon history, the multi million dollar fundraiser will be held outside the grounds of Channel Seven Perth's studios.

In a move designed to bring WA's most popular charity to the people, the event will be held at Perth's newest and most exciting meeting and events venue, the $220 million Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (The Perth Centre) on November 6 and 7 2004.

According to Channel Seven Perth Managing Director Chris Wharton, the move is an exciting one and will potentially raise hundreds of thousands of extra dollars for children and young people throughout Western Australia.

"The general public will be able to experience performances live on an enormous stage, in a scale never before seen in Perth. In addition to the Telethon artists and performances on the main stage, visitors to Telethon will have access to activities and rides in the fun park and the chance to meet some of their favourite celebrities at the celebrity signing stage. They will be treated to an experience which will exceed all expectations.

"We are very excited about the new fundraising initiatives we have planned for the Perth public and Telethon. The ultimate objective however is to make sure that we raise the maximum amount of money to continue to enrich the lives of WA's special children," said Mr Wharton.

"The event was specifically timed to fit in with the opening of The Perth Centre, with its central location and facilities enabling us to showcase the very best local, interstate and international talent," he added.

The Perth Centre's Chief Executive, Paul D'Arcy said his team is looking forward to welcoming the stars of Telethon to the new venue, along with the children and families of Perth.

"We are proud to be aligned with an event that is so close to the heart of every West Australian," he said.

"As the host venue for this year's event and a major supporter for the first time, we hope we can make a real difference to the important fundraising efforts of Telethon. I'm sure everyone who attends Telethon events here at The Perth Centre and those who watch the live telecast will love the changes," Mr D'Arcy said.

Telethon was established in 1968, when a group of senior executives from Channel Seven Perth registered a charitable trust dedicated to raising funds to improve the lives of children and young people throughout Western Australia. Since its inception, Telethon has raised over $65 million and provided much needed financial assistance to beneficiaries including the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and a broad range of other charities and not for profit organisations throughout Western Australia.