Nine, in partnership with the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, staged its ninth annual Gold Telethon yesterday, with companies and people from around New South Wales donating more than $6,100,000 for our sick kids.
Nine Chief Executive Officer, Hugh Marks, was overwhelmed by yesterday’s outpouring of support and generosity.
“It was an amazing telethon full of fun, entertainment, emotion, and achievement. Everyone here at Nine is humbled by the way New South Wales opened their hearts and their wallets to help us surpass our fundraising goal. No matter how big or small your donation, every dollar will go towards helping the children and their families in our community who need it the most,” he said.“I would like to thank all those involved in putting together this year’s telethon, both in front of and behind the camera, and thank you to all the businesses and the viewers who so generously donated to this worthy cause.”
Nicola Stokes, CEO of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation added: “What a fabulous day where celebrities, hospital patients, organisations and the community all pitched in, making Gold Telethon the greatest show to help sick children live their healthiest lives.
“We’re humbled by the generosity of families from all around New South Wales, raising over $6.1 million to go towards state of the art equipment and innovative research. You’re supporting sick kids, like Ollie, get the best possible care in hospital, as well as helping them get home sooner to their family and friends.”
The 2018 Gold Telethon embraced the theme of The Greatest Showman, with Today Extra’s David Campbell leading the spectacle as ringmaster. Joining the fun were Nine’s favourite personalities including TODAY’s Karl Stefanovic, Georgie Gardner and Richard Wilkins, TODAY Extra’s Sonia Kruger, Weekend TODAY’s Peter Stefanovic and Jayne Azzopardi, Wide World of Sports’ James Bracey, as well as Peter Overton, Deborah Knight and Belinda Russell from Nine News.
An impressive lineup of Australia’s top artists hit the stage, including chart-topping band Sheppard performing their new single, Hometown, Human Nature’s Andrew Tierney with his newly formed pop duo Finding Faith, as well as Aussie singer/songwriter Anthony Callea. Standout artists from The Voice 2018 also graced the stage, with Brock Ashby, Jacinta Gulisano, Josh Richards and Erin Whetters performing their rendition of hits from The Greatest Showman.
Throughout the day an army of stars were kept busy taking a frenzy of donation calls, including The Block’s Scott Cam, Married at First Sight’s Ryan, Justin, Nasser, Blair and Gabrielle, Doctor Doctor’s Matt Castley, Brittany Clark and Chloe Bayliss, the Fren family from Travel Guides, TV/radio personality Merrick Watts, netball players from the NSW Swifts and many more.
There is still time to donate to the 2018 Gold Telethon by calling 1800 244 537, texting GOLD to 0477 333 555, or visiting the Gold Telethon website.
DID YOU KNOW…
• Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick treats almost 70,000 children each year
• On average more than 100 children a day will come through the Emergency Department
• At any one time there are 400 patients receiving cancer treatment in the hospital
• Over 1,700 people work at the hospital
• Child life therapists use about five kilograms of “play dough” every month
• On average hospital staff use approximately two litres of bubbles every day to distract or entertain patients
• Each month more than 500 children undergo surgery
• 1,200 patients and siblings are enrolled in the hospital’s school
• The hospital has over 160 beds on average
• Each year there are almost 270,000 outpatient appointments
• Each year 10,400 band-aids are used in the emergency department
• Each year more than 11,000 iceblocks are given to recovering patients in emergency and post-surgery
YOU CAN STILL DONATE:
CALL 1800 244 537, VISIT THE GOLD TELETHON WEBSITE
OR SMS ‘GOLD’ TO 0477 333 555
For further information please contact:
Nine Network Publicity
Tuesday, June 12, 2018