Generations of Western Australians have grown up with Telethon and through their generosity have had a major impact on some of the life threatening diseases that face our children including brain cancer and leukaemia.
Through Telethon, you have provided equipment for children in hospital, critical services for children with disabilities and life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged children. Your tax deductible donations to the Channel 7 Telethon Trust will ensure that together, we can continue to ensure that our children have the best quality services and support now and in the future.
The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is a registered charity, governed by a Board of Trustees. Telethon's small team is based at The West Australian and Channel 7 in Perth. Telethon exists on a day to day basis because of the generosity of Seven West Media including Channel Seven Perth, The West Australian & The Sunday Times. All provide the Trust with tangible and intangible support through infrastructure, facilities, service and professional advice. The Telethon Weekend live 26 hour appeal is held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and is televised on Channel 7 Perth and GWN7 statewide.
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is the 33rd Governor of Western Australia.
Prior to being installed as Governor on the 1st May 2018, Mr Beazley dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan. He was then appointed as Ambassador to the United States of America, serving in the role for six years.
Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies and as an advocate for Indigenous people and the community. He is married to Ms Susie Annus and has three daughters, Jessica, Hannah and Rachel.
Ms Susanna Annus was a primary school teacher at regional schools throughout WA, before returning to Perth to teach high school english and media. She then pursued a career in TV research and production, working on children’s shows, entertainment and current affairs programs for networks across the country.
She was a member of the board of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts for ten years.
Susie went to America with Kim Beazley when he was appointed Ambassador to the United States. Her interests include reading, cooking, gardening, politics, photography and the role of creative arts in education.
Susie has been married to Kim Beazley since 1990. She has one daughter Rachel and two step daughters Jessica and Hannah.
Named Australian of the Year in 2003, Professor Fiona Stanley is a vocal advocate for the needs of children and their families.
Professor Stanley is trained in maternal and child health epidemiology and public health and has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects. She is the founding director of the Telethon Kids Institute, established in Perth in 1990. When she retired over two decades later, the Institute had grown to more than 500 staff and students and forged an international reputation for its translational research in a range of areas.
On her retirement, Professor Stanley took on the position of patron, where she continues to advocate for the Institute, research and families.
Professor Stanley remains a chief investigator on research grants at the Telethon Kids Institute and is a valued mentor to many. She also continues her strong association with the University of Western Australia as a distinguished research professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Professor Stanley has been honoured as a “National Living Treasure” by the National Trust. She is the UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.
Richard is the former chief executive and managing director of Wesfarmers, one of Australia’s top-10 companies. He is the current chairman of the Australian Football League, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, a director of Qantas Airways and chairman-elect for Woodside Energy. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business, the arts and indigenous programs.
Kerry is chairman of the Seven Network and Australian Capital Equity, which has interests in media and entertainment, resources, energy, property, pastoral and mining. He is chairman and fellow for the Council for the Australian War Memorial and, along with many awards, has received Australia’s highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his contributions to business and philanthropy.
Bill is a mining engineer with more than 20 years experience in the resource sector and is executive chairman of gold producer Northern Star Resources. He is chairman of the Western Australian School of Mines Alumni Patrons Group and was named CEO of the Year by the Australian Financial Review.
Anthony De Ceglie is the Senior Editor of West Australian Newspapers. Before taking up this role he was the deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph in Sydney. He won the 2018 Walkley Award for Headline of the Year and was previously awarded the Walkley Award for Young Print Reporter of the Year. In 2016, he was a Walkley Award finalist for Scoop of the Year. Anthony grew up in Western Australia and his first jobs were at rural newspapers in Collie and Mandurah. He then joined The Sunday Times and PerthNow and rose to deputy editor at 28 before moving to The Telegraph when he was 30. Anthony was also sent on secondment to New York as part of News Corp's international development program in his mid-20s. He joined Seven West Media as Senior Editor of WAN in 2019 at age 33.
Maryna Fewster is the Chief Executive of Seven West Media WA and had previously been the company's Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Seven West Media, she was Chief Operating Officer of iiNet and held senior executive roles in the Telecommunications sector in Australia and New Zealand for over two decades. Maryna is a Non-Executive Director of Crown Resorts Perth and Celebrate WA.
Tonya is a director and administrator of the McCusker Charitable Foundation, working closely with more than 100 charities. She is also an advisory board member of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship, director of the Minderoo Foundation and patron of a number of other organisations. Tonya has a law degree, a postgraduate diploma in management and was a former dancer with the Australian Ballet Company. She is married to former governor of Western Australia, Malcolm McCusker, and has three children.
Tim is the managing director of the Warburton Group, which oversees a diverse portfolio of investments in property, infrastructure, aquaculture, aviation, agriculture, and healthcare. Formerly an executive director of construction company Multiplex, Tim is also the operator of the Perth Jet Centre, a non-executive director of mining company Mineral Resources, a board member for Crown Resorts Perth and patron of the Perth Symphony Orchestra.
Christine has extensive experience in business management and media, is a philanthropist and supporter of the arts. She is a director of Australian Capital Equity and an ambassador for Legacy Australia. A former TV news presenter, Christine is also a board member of the government’s funding and advisory body The Australian Council for the Arts.
Nick is a senior partner at Lavan, where he works in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He has more than two decades experience managing large-scale legal affairs for mining, oil and gas, and media organisations, as well as statutory corporations. A former journalist with The West Australian, he specialises in defamation, freedom of information and publication laws.
Marcus is chief executive and medical director of online medical booking system HealthEngine. He is also a contributor to innovation in the health-tech industry. Marcus is a director of WA Primary Health Alliance, board member of the Australian Medical Association (WA) and an adjunct associate professor in health leadership and management at Curtin University.
Andrea Mitchell sadly passed away on 4 April 2020.
A thoughtful, compassionate and generous colleague, Andrea will be greatly missed but always remembered.
Andrea was a former WA Liberal Party MP and Minister for Child Protection and Mental Health. Awarded the Australian Sports Medal, she worked as a manager for the Department of Sport and Recreation, was president of Tennis West and director of the Hopman Cup.
Gary is a former Federal Labor Party MP and Minister for Resources and Energy, Tourism and Small Business, Public Service and Integrity, and Special Minister of State. He is the former executive director of the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research, director of corporate affairs at Woodside Petroleum and is currently general manager of external affairs at mining and contracting company Mineral Resources.
Shane is the chief financial officer at Seven West Media WA, overseeing the finances of Australia’s largest integrated media company with market leading businesses in television, publishing and online including Channel 7 Perth, The West Australian and The Sunday Times.
Formerly a finance director with Vocus Communications and associate director with Macquarie Bank and KPMG, Shane has over two decades of experience in managing large teams, executive reporting, business improvement, tax and technology.
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Originally the marathon TV event was broadcast over a weekend in October from the original Channel 7 studios in Tuart Hill on an estate that is now called “Seven Hills”. However, in 2004, the 26 hour continuous broadcast of Telethon moved to a new home at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in the heart of the City of Perth, so that more people could access the live tv show as it went to air.
Holding the event at The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre enables Telethon to bring the fun and excitement to Perth families by providing the venue for the television broadcast, with space for an audience of 2,300 people at any one time, plus they can see the Beneficiaries Expo which gives the organisation’s that benefit from the money raised by the people of WA an opportunity to showcase what they do, and the Bendigo Bank Kids Carnival which attracts over 14,000 people across the Telethon Weekend.
Lost Telethon is our Facebook page that we created so that the people of WA can relive some of the magical memories of Telethon. Many international celebrities have joined Telethon over the years too, including; Michael Jackson, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jnr, Def Leppard, Harry Connick Jnr, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Bea Arthur, Phyllis Diller, Hugh Jackman, Julian Lennon, Tina Turner, Carrie Fisher, Cliff Richard and Petula Clark.
Check out some of the legends who have visited Perth and loved the magic of what Telethon is within the WA community.View Lost Telethon