Telethon 2005

15 Nov 2005, 04:19:51 PM

Final Tally

TELETHON 2005 has concluded and at 8.55pm the Grand Total ticked over at $3,017,473. Western Australian's from as far away as Port Headland to Esperance and from every suburb of Perth generously gave their money to help WA's sick children.

This year's tally surpassed the 2004 total by approximately $150,000 cracking the $3,000,000 figure.

Donations

The Telethon 2005 Regional Home was auctioned for $600,000. The HBF Telethon Toddle raised $41,000. Dancing With The Telethon Stars raised $34,000, The Toyota Telethon Trek presented a donation of $475,000. The WA version of Monopoly raised $215,000.

Other significant donations ranged from children donating their 0.50 cents pocket money to the CFMEU $100,000 donation, raised in only 2.5 weeks!!

The Stars

One of the biggest ensembles of Seven Network talent ever, flew in from around Australia including Telethon first timers Rachel Gordon and Charlie Clausen (Blue Heelers), Sharni Vinson and Tim Campbell (Home and Away), Sara Groen and Shae Brewster (Saturday Disney), Rachael Taylor and Sam Atwell (Headland – premiering this Tuesday night at 7:30pm on Seven), Mike Whitney (Seven Network) and the lovable Ian “Dicko” Dickson and Dancing With The Stars partner Leeanne Bampton.

Return guests included Simone McAullay (Blue Heelers), Perth born Mark Priestley, Natalie Saleeba and Paul Tassone (All Saints), Home and Away's Chris Hemsworth and Jason Smith, David Koch and Natalie Barr (Sunrise), Rob Palmer from Better Homes and Gardens and Molly Meldrum.

Musically the crowd was entertained by Alex Lloyd, Kasey Chambers, Human Nature, The Androids, Cristian Alexanda, Jade MacRAE and Courtney Murphy, plus entertainers Pete Rowsthorn (Kath and Kim), Agro, Ethel Chop and Sandman and Flacco.

The biggest stars of all were this year's Telethon Children for 2005, Nicholas “Nick” Travia and Tahnee Hardy. Tahnee's smile and Nick's charming personality touched all of Perth.

Telethon 2005 took to the streets this year with many live crosses with Mike Whitney and a front yard street party concert with Dicko and special guest “Cher”.

This year's StateWest Credit Society Kids Carnival had well over 30,000 visitors over 18 hours. Building on last year's Telethon success not only was it packed to the rafters but visitors could see where their money is donated by visiting the many stands of beneficiaries and supporting organisations.

Telethon Marketing Manager Tanya Stanwyck-Hede was delighted with this year's result. “The generosity of West Australians is truly amazing. People are motivated to donate to Telethon because they've grown up with us, they've had personal experience with one of our beneficiaries or they are simply touched by the knowledge that together with many thousands of WA donors their contribution makes a difference.”

Managing Director Chris Wharton was equally ecstatic with the way the whole weekend went. 'The facilities at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre are 1st class. The many hundreds of individuals and organisations that have supported us in staging this event have made a significant gesture of their generosity and compassion. We are thrilled with this record breaking result.'