- Telethon 2018 benefits from $1 million State Government contribution
- Premier Mark McGowan shows support at Telethon weekend (October 20-21)
Marking 51 years of giving, the State Government has made a $1 million donation to help bump up the Telethon tally.
Premier Mark McGowan was joined by Channel 7's Monica Kos who took receipt of the funds on behalf of the charity at this weekend's 51st Telethon celebrations.
The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is aiming to hit a remarkable $300 million milestone, which accounts for all the donations received since the charity's inception.
Western Australians have been supporting the Channel 7 Telethon Trust over the past five decades with every cent donated going directly to children's hospitals, medical research facilities and community organisations to provide the latest equipment, services, therapies and programs that improve the lives of our young people.
In addition, the State Government has partnered with the Channel 7 Telethon Trust for the past six years, providing $21 million to co-fund the Telethon Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund (TPCHRF), which supports child and adolescent health research.
Its significant contribution will enable TPCHRF to continue funding its projects which improve services, research capacity and knowledge, and leverage further research into child and adolescent health for the next few years.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"It would be deeply worrying to care for a very ill child or a child who is dealing with a life threatening disease. I've witnessed heartfelt circumstances shared by many Western Australian families.
"Donations from each and every person in Western Australia goes a long way to helping the Channel 7 Telethon Trust administer important health services to WA children.
"Telethon has been a long supporter of families with sick children and makes a major impact in helping Western Australians, thanks to the generosity of its donors.
"The State Government's donation will help Telethon continue the important work it does in providing more equipment, resources and vital services for children in hospital, children with disability and disadvantaged children."
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