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.

Kaide Stratton

10 year old Kaide was diagnosed with mucopolysaccahridosis (MPS for short!). Fortunately, Kaide was diagnosed with MPS IVA (or Morquio syndrome), probably the least severe of the spectrums. Morquio syndrome is a genetic condition where parents are carriers but show no signs. It's a degenerative and progressive condition with no known cure and very rare impacting 1 in 250,000 births.

Kaide is a true inspiration. He shows so much courage and perseverance and will never give up. Kaide doesn’t understand anything other than top speed. He brings life to any group and will certainly leave this world having made an impression!

The one thing we SHOULD tell you about Kaide is that he doesn't like chocolate... SHOCKING!

Charlotte Meredith

6 year old Charlotte was born with Congenital Heart Disease, diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with hypoplastic right ventricle.

At just eight days old was the first time Charlotte would be handed over to the cardiology surgical team for her first of several heart operations. At 10 months of age Charlotte returned to Princess Margaret Hospital for her second surgery and her first open heart surgery. Another surgery at 1 and ½ and in November 2016 at almost 5 years old had the completion of her Fontan.

Each and every surgery Charlotte has amazed her parents, and has developed in leaps and bounds surprising her family, nurses and doctors and cardiology team.

Charlotte is a quite achiever and often found tucked away in a corner of the house reading her books or writing, and often heard trying to be a teacher to her younger sister! We can all relate to Charlotte when she says she hates the rain and when she loses a game!

Through the years

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

  • 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(no child)
  • 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