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The Channel Nine Telethon is back – bigger than ever!

The countdown to the 2018 Channel Nine Telethon for the Children’s Hospital Foundation is under way, following the official launch today by the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles.

This year’s Telethon will be broadcast live across the state on Channel Nine on Saturday, November 17 from 7pm, with the goal of exceeding last year’s staggering fundraising tally of $12.2 million.

All funds raised on the night, thanks to the generosity of partners and supporters, will go towards crucial research, patient and family support services and life-saving equipment for sick children.

Nine Queensland Managing Director, Kylie Blucher said, “The 2017 Nine Telethon took an incredible effort from everyone involved and saw an outstanding donation go to the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Thanks to the generous contribution from the Queensland State Government we are confident we will again yield unbelievable results.”

To kickstart this year’s fundraising, the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Steven Miles, announced the Queensland Government was increasing its annual donation to the Nine Telethon to $1.1 million over the next two years, a total of $2.2 million, in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“We know our doctors, nurses and health staff do an outstanding job and I encourage all Queenslanders to support their Children’s Hospital by making a donation to the 2018 Nine Telethon,” Mr Miles said.

Rosie Simpson, the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland Chief Executive Officer, said she looks forward to turning dark skies into bright new days for sick kids, and is excited to see if we can trump last year’s total donations.

“The money raised from the Nine Telethon makes such a positive impact on so many young lives and their struggling families. I urge all Queenslanders to tune in on November 17 for a night of entertainment, heartwarming and wrenching stories, and fun,” Ms Simpson said.

“Their donations will fund medical research, new equipment, and provide support services for children and their families to navigate devastating times. Every donation makes a huge difference and we urge you to dig deep for a good cause.”

The 2018 Nine Telethon will be hosted by Nine personalities Melissa Downes and Andrew Lofthouse alongside other key Nine Network personalities.

To donate, call 1800 909 900, or visit www.9telethon.com.au.