In 1968 a group of senior executives from Channel 7 Perth established Telethon, a registered charitable trust dedicated to raising funds to improve the lives of children and young people throughout Western Australia. Since its inception, Telethon has raised over $80 million and provided much needed financial assistance to a significant number of charitable organisations, children's hospitals and research/medical facilities.
Throughout the year, the Telethon Office (in partnership with many of Perth's leading organisations), coordinates fun filled, exciting fundraising events and promotions. The major Telethon event is the Telethon Weekend live 24-hour charity appeal at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. The broadcast is shown on Channel 7 Perth and GWN.
The Telethon weekend celebrates the dedication and commitment of thousands of Western Australians who host events and activities throughout the year to raise money for Telethon. The Telethon weekend event has grown to become the most significant television charity appeal in Australia, in fact, it is regarded as the most successful fundraising event per capita, in the world.
The Telethon Weekend will take place on 3rd & 4th October 2009 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.