20 November 2018 At the hospital

More than 12.7 million reasons to smile

For the fifth consecutive year, the Channel Nine Telethon has rallied the generosity of Queenslanders to dig deep and donate generously to a great cause.

The Telethon raised an incredible $12,703,983 for sick kids and their families, which will help the Children’s Hospital Foundation support kids by funding life-saving medical research and providing patient and family support programs.

Since 2014, the Telethon has raised more than $58 million, which is only made possible thanks to the generosity of our presenting partners, and the Queensland community.

Outstanding contributions from the Telethon’s presenting partners and corporate donors included the night’s single largest donation to the Foundation, $4,557,941 from Woolworths staff and customers.

Large donations were also accepted from Sunsuper, The Coffee Club ($250,000), Bank of Queensland ($175,847), Golden Casket ($1.2 million), University of Queensland ($100,000), Australian Federal Government ($1.5 million), Queensland State Government ($1.1 million) and Nova 106.9 ($77,383).

At the Telethon, broadcast from the RICC in Brisbane, the studio audience rubbed shoulders all night with celebrities such as football legends Wally Lewis and Corey Oates, and reality television stars from Channel Nine’s hit shows such as The Block, Ninja Warrior, Family Food Fight and The Voice were on the phone panel accepting donations. Live performances from Samantha Jade, Busby Marou, Glenn Shorrock, Luke Kennedy, and the Potbelleez brought the audience to their feet as they danced into the night to the hits of some of Australia’s biggest artists.

Next door, the ever popular Cofee Club Telethon Ball attracted more than 1000 people who enjoyed a magical night under the theme ‘It’s Showtime’.

A huge thank you to everyone who dug deep and donated to the 2018 Telethon, and a special thank you to our presenting partners – Woolworths, Queensland Government, Golden Casket, The Coffee Club, Bank of Queensland, Sunsuper, The University of Queensland, and our media partners, Nova 106.9 and Goa. Your support will help kids to laugh, smile, get better and go home sooner.