Little Telethon Stars

Each year we select two children to represent the children of Western Australia who are helped as a result of the money raised by Telethon. We always invite lots of "Big Telethon Stars" to Perth to help raise money for the weekend, but our "Little Telethon Stars" are what it is all about.

Eamon Doak

Eamon, as well as his brother Kaelan, was born profoundly deaf. This was traumatic and heartbreaking for his parents, but they managed to “fix” their deafness through cochlear implants. Then, in 2018 (when the boys were 5 and 3 respectively), they had genetic testing done and were told that the little boys have Ushers Syndrome type 1D. This means that they are born deaf and will gradually lose their eyesight due to Retinitis Pigmentosa.

As an infant, Eamon had delayed developmental milestones and balance issues which we know now are linked to Ushers Syndrome. He only sat at around 9 months old and walked unaided at 18 months. He still battles with his balance and this is made worse by his deteriorating eyesight. In a normal classroom environment, he tires faster than his peers because he really must concentrate to hear in a noisy environment. He does, however, always put 110% into whatever he does, he never gives up, and has a quirky personality that makes everyone fond of him.

As a family, the Doaks prefer to concentrate on Eamon's abilities instead of his disabilities. Eamon really wants to be a pilot, so they supported this by taking him to flight simulator sessions. Eamon himself does not consider himself any different to other kids in his class and lives his life to the full.

Nora Holly

The youngest of three kids, Nora, five, seemed to be a perfectly healthy baby, developing well and even reaching some of her milestones early. Then one afternoon she woke from her afternoon nap and had lost movement in her legs.

In a matter of days, the family's world came crashing down when doctors found a fist-size tumor in her chest crushing her spinal cord.

Nora was diagnosed with the rare early childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.

Nora started treatment straight away and hospital became their second home. Naomi said amid all the pain, their little girl's fighting spirit shone through.
Mum Naomi was caring for Nora 24/7 with a lot of time at hospital, while dad Hannes reduced his working hours. It was a struggle as the family felt torn in half.

The one bright light during Nora's long and grueling time in hospital was discovering Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Room.

Affectionately dubbed the Ginger Ninja, Nora is so happy doing the normal kid stuff she missed out on like ballet, swimming in the ocean and jumping in the pool. Why asked what she enjoys, Nora said “The outdoors, playing outside. I like everything, I like flowers, deer, music, dancing, pink and orange, sparkle dresses, puppies painting, arts and crafts..... I just love everything”

While Nora has finished treatment for now, she still needs to be in hospital for regular check-ups and tests.

Through the years

Read about previous Little Telethon Stars from through the years at Telethon:

  • 2019Callum Berrisford & Eva Molloy
  • 2018 – Kaide Stratton & Charlotte Meredith
  • 2017Maddox Ball & Olivia Riley
  • 2016Cody Colmer & Hailey Ardagh
  • 2015Alyssa Bolger & Jayton Carter
  • 2014Emily Prior & Patrick Majewski
  • 2013Jack Day & Tahlia Polmear
  • 2012Conor Brown & Sophie Read
  • 2011Ben Popham & Savannah Addis
  • 2010Phoebe McIndoe & Lachy Ross
  • 2009Wade Clare & Trent Wailu
  • 2008 – Tayla Taseff & Claire Davies
  • 2007 – Bridgette Gilmour
  • 2006 – Teagan Bryam
  • 2005 – Nicholas Travia & Tahnee Hardy
  • 2004 – Tayla Divitini
  • 2003 – Annie Shreeve
  • 2002 – Natasha Haederle
  • 2001 – David Naso
  • 2000 – Holly & Chloe Kneale
  • 1999 – Thomas Clarke
  • 1998 – Tamara Brereton
  • 1997 – Darren Woonings, Jordan Matthews, Georgia Lowry
  • 1996 – Gilliam Bowater, Cassandra Domjahn, Lisa Nicholas, Kyle Rogers, Jonathon Williams
  • 1995(no child)
  • 1994 – Ashley Harris
  • 1993 – Edward Thompson & Amy Munro
  • 1992(no child)
  • 1991(no child)
  • 1990 – Matthew Gare
  • 1989 – Holly Clarke
  • 1988 – Lisa Cutter
  • 1987 – Matthew Webb, Melanie Hawks, Prudence Hawkins, Leigh Beardsley, Danny Desivieri, Samantha Williams
  • 1986 – Amy Howell
  • 1985 – Helen Francis & Luke Smith
  • 1984 – Peta Meers
  • 1983 – Tara Dalla Costa
  • 1982 – Cassandra Hughes
  • 1981 – Brooke Arbery
  • 1980 – Paul Moorice
  • 1979 – Blanch Mathiot
  • 1978 – (no child)
  • 1977 – (no child)
  • 1976 – Louise Savauge
  • 1975 – Gavin O’Farrell
  • 1974 – (no child)
  • 1973 – Lisa Tucker & Karen Green
  • 1972 – Amanda Rose
  • 1971 – Beth Crispin
  • 1970 – (no child)
  • 1969 – (no child)
  • 1968 – Maryanne Lazerides