TELETHON 2006 RAISES $3,217,437

Final Tally
TELETHON 2006 has concluded and at 9.15pm the grand total ticked over at $3,217,437. 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 2005 total by approximately $200,000!

Donations
The Telethon 2006 Regional Home was auctioned for $400,000. The HBF Telethon Toddle raised $52,000. Dancing With The Telethon Stars raised $34,000, The Toyota Telethon Trek presented a donation of $529,000 and The Telethon Metro Home was auctioned for $739,000.
Other significant donations ranged from children donating their 0.50 cents pocket money to a $50,000 donation from the Top 5 Guide!!


The Stars
One of the biggest ensembles of Seven Network talent ever flew in from around Australia, including Telethon first timers Jolene Anderson, Allison Cratchley, Perth born Andrew Supanz and Chris Vance (All Saints), Mark Furze, Paul O'Brien, Kate Ritchie, Perth born Jon Sivewright and Jessica Tovey (Home and Away), Grant Denyer (Sunrise) and Kylie Gillies and Lisa Wilkinson (Weekend Sunrise).

One of the biggest ensembles of Seven Network talent ever flew in from around Australia, including Telethon first timers Jolene Anderson, Allison Cratchley, Perth born Andrew Supanz and Chris Vance (All Saints), Mark Furze, Paul O'Brien, Kate Ritchie, Perth born Jon Sivewright and Jessica Tovey (Home and Away), Grant Denyer (Sunrise) and Kylie Gillies and Lisa Wilkinson (Weekend Sunrise).

Return guests included Perth born Mark Priestley and Wil Traval (All Saints), Tim Campbell (Home and Away, WA born Natalie Barr, Melissa Doyle, David Koch and Perth boy Simon Reeve (Sunrise), Rob Palmer from Better Homes and Gardens, Andrew O'Keefe from Deal or No Deal, Todd McKenney from Dancing with The Stars and Ernie Dingo from The Great Outdoors not the mention the lovable Ian "Dicko" Dickson from Celebrity Survivor who was put through his paces with a series of challenges including a 3 round boxing match with WA boxing legend Danny Green.

Musically the crowd was entertained by The Young Divas, Guy Sebastian, Smokey, Bella, Doug Parkinson, Christian Alexander, Adam Harvey, Kate Alexa, Kane Alexander and David Campbell.

The biggest star of all was this year's Telethon Child for 2006, Teigan Byram of Mirrabooka. Teigan's effervescent enthusiasm and affection was delightful.

This year's Home Building Society Kids Carnival had well over 30,000 visitors over 16 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 Nicola Bedwood was delighted with this year's result. "Donations in their thousands from the West Australian public this year have simply been unbelievable. The fact that we broke all records in the phone room is simply amazing. Without the outstanding support we receive from our sponsors and the unrelenting hard work of the volunteers who turn up year after year and give of their time, Telethon simply couldn't continue. We are eternally grateful for our sponsors and volunteers continued support as well as the record generosity of the West Australian public."

Managing Director Chris Wharton was equally ecstatic with the way the whole weekend went. 'Telethon has proven to be a huge hit yet again. Western Australians tuned in, in their hundreds of thousands to witness one of the most enjoyable 25 hours of television WA has ever seen and on top of that raised an amazing 3.2 million dollars. It never ceases to amaze me the incredible generosity and family spirit that the people of WA possess and Channel Seven is extremely proud to be part of that.'