About

Telethon has been created by and belongs to the community of Western Australia who over five decades have generously donated more than $306 million to ensure a better life for our children now and in the future.

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.

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Our Patrons

Professor Fiona Stanley AC

Named Australian of the Year in 2003, Professor Stanley is a vocal advocate for the needs of children and their families. She studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and practised in hospitals for two years before going to the United Kingdom and USA for further training.

Professor Stanley is the founding Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, established in Perth in 1990. She is a Professor in the School of Paediatrics…Child Health at the University of Western Australia. Professor Stanley is also the Chair of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, a national collaboration of researchers, policy makers and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines.

In 2004, Professor Stanley was honoured as a “National Living Treasure” by the National Trust. She is the UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.

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Our Trustees

The Channel 7 Telethon Trust operates separately from Channel Seven Perth, with a board of trustees. The trust meets on a regular basis and decide on funds being distributed to organisations annually.

Richard Goyder AO

Richard Goyder AO Chairman

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 Stokes AC

Kerry Stokes AC Trustee

Kerry is chairman of Seven West Media 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 Beament

Bill Beament Trustee

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.

Mario D’Orazio

Mario D’Orazio Trustee

Mario is a journalist and program producer with more than 30 years experience in newspapers, radio and television. He is chairman of the Perth Art Foundation and of contemporary dance company Co3. Mario is also a director of the WA Opera, the WA Academy of Performing Arts and the Australian Institute of Management WA.

Brett McCarthy

Brett McCarthy Trustee

Brett is the editor of The West Australian and a media executive with more than three decades experience in newspapers across Australia. A former editor of The Sunday Times, he has a graduate certificate in management and for years was involved in a Perth-based family business.

Tonya McCusker AM

Tonya McCusker AM Trustee

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 Roberts

Tim Roberts Trustee

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 Simpson Stokes

Christine Simpson Stokes Trustee

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 Stagg

Nick Stagg Trustee

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.

Dr Marcus Tan

Dr Marcus Tan Trustee

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

Andrea Mitchell Trustee

Andrea is former WA Liberal Party MP and Minister for Child Protection and Mental Health. Awarded the Australian Sports Medal, she has worked as a manager for the Department of Sport and Recreation, was president of Tennis West and director of the Hopman Cup. Andrea currently runs her own consultancy, is Commissioner of the Australian Sports Commission and a director of Meath Care aged services.

Gary Gray AO

Gary Gray AO Trustee

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 O’Connor

Shane O’Connor Honorary Treasurer

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.

Team Telethon

Marie-Anne Keeffe General Manager

Since February 2018

Lauren Castledine Operations & Communications Manager

Since March 2012

Danielle Hadley Senior Partnerships Manager

Since March 2011

Jock Davidson Database Manager

Since January 2016

Sadie Purser Creative Producer

Since December 2009

Sam Starr Events & Marketing Coordinator

Since October 2017

Ryan Spark Content Producer

Since May 2018

Ellissa Dohnt Volunteers & Fundraising Coordinator

Since June 2018

The history of Telethon

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.

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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

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