In its eighth year, today’s Nine Telethon brought Queenslanders together in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, raising a final tally of $14,360,629 to help make a difference in the lives of the state’s youngest patients and their families.
The Queensland community rallied behind some of Queensland’s littlest heroes during the night, donating online and on the phones while watching stories about some of the bravest of the brave kids and their families.
Life-changing contributions were also made by Woolworths ($1.39 million), The Lott by Golden Casket ($1.6 million), the Australian Federal Government ($2 million), and the Queensland State Government ($1.5 million).
The Nine Telethon was broadcast from the Queensland Children’s Hospital with Melissa Downes, Andrew Lofthouse, Tim Davies, and Pip Forbes meeting courageous patients, volunteers, families, and generous contributors working wonders for the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The Nine Telethon Concert at the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane was packed full of entertainment hosted by Tim Blackwell and Shelley Craft including backstage interviews and performances by all-star artists Missy Higgins, Eskimo Joe, and Jarryd James, corporate donations, and some very special appearances.
In an extremely touching moment of the night, a story in memory of Jack, who sadly died from brain cancer two weeks before the Nine Telethon, saw the Foundation direct all donations received for one hour to the Children’s Brain Cancer Centre.
The Children’s Brain Cancer Centre is an Australian-first research initiative funded by Children’s Hospital Foundation, aiming to improve survival rates and survivorship for children with brain cancer.
Nine Queensland Managing Director, Kylie Blucher, said: “I would like to personally thank our generous telecast partners, sponsors, and all Queenslanders who donated to the Nine Telethon.
A huge thanks must also go to both teams at Nine and the Children’s Hospital Foundation for their efforts in achieving this incredible goal of $14,360,629 and supporting such a worthwhile and vital cause.”
Children’s Hospital Foundation Acting Chief Executive Officer, Olivia Jary, said: “The support that Queenslanders showed for sick kids last night was truly astounding. We are so incredibly grateful for the generosity of all our partners and the community.
“Funds from the Telethon will ensure we can continue to purchase life-saving medical equipment, search for cures for some of the most insidious childhood diseases through funding vital medical research and continue to provide entertainment and support services for the state’s sickest kids.”
Presenting partners and corporate donors committing generous donations to the Telethon included, Carnival Cruise Line, Hyundai, Big W, Steggles, The Coffee Club, ALH Group, Beefy’s Pies, Shape Australia, Bike4Burns, Glencore, Imagine Holidays, Trumps, and Collins Foods Limited.
Nine Queensland and the Children’s Hospital Foundation would like to extend their gratitude to all who donated for their incredible generosity and support of such a worthy cause.