16 November 2020 Featured News

Thank you, Queensland – 2020 Nine Telethon raises $11,105,140

In its seventh consecutive year, the 2020 Nine Telethon brought Queenslanders together in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, raising a final tally of $11,105,140 to help make a difference to the lives of the state’s youngest patients and their families.

Presenting partners and corporate donors included major sponsor, Woolworths, committing an extraordinary $2,045,200 in addition to generous contributions from The Lott by Golden Casket ($1.6 million), the Australian Federal Government ($2 million), the Queensland State Government ($3.6 million).

In partnership with Nine and the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Nova’s Bids to Help Sick Kids initiative raised $87,162.

Bids were made on Nova’s silent auction website, where lucky donors could choose between multiple prizes on offer. From the Hyundai Kona Active to Ash’s romantic escape at Heartwood Cabin, Kip’s escape to Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, Luttsy’s XXXX Brewery Tour, and lunch for ten, or a coffee and swim with Susie O’Neill.

Children’s Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Rosie Simpson, said the overwhelming support shown by Queenslanders in a particularly hard year will have a huge impact on the lives of sick and injured kids across the state.

“We are forever grateful for the generosity of all our partners and every Queenslander who dug deep. We appreciate that this year has been particularly difficult for many people, and so I say an enormous thank you to everyone who was able to donate or support this year’s Telethon.

Sick kids don’t stop being sick during a global pandemic, and the money raised will ensure we can continue to fund entertainment and support services, life-saving medical equipment, and critical medical research for the state’s sickest kids.”

Nine Queensland Managing Director, Kylie Blucher, said: “Tonight’s effort in raising $11,105,140  represents the enduring Queensland spirit in their support of such a worthy cause. I would like to personally thank our wonderful telecast partners, sponsors, donors, and of course the Nine team who have made all this possible. We are all incredibly humbled to have united once again to broadcast the Nine Telethon and help make a difference to the lives of sick kids and their families.”

The Nine Telethon was broadcast from the South Bank Piazza hosted by Andrew Lofthouse and Melissa Downes, the Sunsuper Contact Centre phonebank, hosted by Tim Davies and Luke Bradnam, live crosses to patients and staff at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, and the first-ever Kids Ball held at the Queensland Cricketers’ Club hosted by Aislin Kriukelis.

The star power turned out in droves with performances by Jimmy Barnes and Dami Im plus messages of support from LEGO Masters host, Hamish Blake, sports commentator, Liz Ellis, Doctor Doctor’s Rodger Corser, and actors Sigrid Thornton and Kate Jenkinson from Nine’s all-new drama, Amazing Grace.

Australian Ninja Warrior 2020 winner, Ben Polson cheered on contenders in the 42K Step It Your Way challenge plus LEGO Masters Queensland contestants, Andrew Tuppen and Damian Hinds joined festivities at the Kids Ball, culminating in a Hyundai Tucson giveaway to the very deserving Ross family after their car was written off last week due to damaging hail storms.

All donations to the Children’s Hospital Foundation will go towards life-saving medical research, vital equipment, and patient and family support programs.

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.