What is Telethon?
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.
Where does the money go?
Telethon supports and grants funding to two major beneficiaries each year; Telethon Kids Institute and Perth Children’s Hospital. Over 50 other charitable organisations receive funding from Telethon. The grants are utilised for the purchase of new medical equipment, aids and devices, undertaking medical research into children’s diseases, establishing new facilities, provision of counselling and support services for children and young people.
What do I need to know legally about fundraising for Telethon?
Telethon is obliged to approve and authorise all fundraising activities held on its behalf. Please make sure you only begin your fundraising once you have received an authorisation letter from Telethon. The authorisation letter will only be sent to after you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions and complete the online registration.
Telethon must have funds totalled and returned within 14 days of the event to comply with the Charitable Collections Act, so please ensure you can reconcile your income and expenses within this time frame. Make sure you consider and take out any necessary insurance for your fundraising activity as you will not be covered under any Channel 7 Telethon Trust policy. It is important to have public liability cover if you are a holding an event where members of the public will be attending. You can organise this through an insurance broker. If your event requires a large infrastructure set-up make sure your suppliers are trustworthy and that they have their own insurance coverage.
If you are running a raffle or selling alcohol you will need to get the correct license from the Department for Racing, Gaming and Liquor – please check out their website before planning your event http://www.rgl.wa.gov.au/. If you hold a raffle, make sure you keep all your ticket stubs and take down all the details of the prize winner as Department for Racing, Gaming and Liquor may request these for an audit.
If you are holding an event in public or on property that you do not own, you will need permission from the property owner or council. If you are preparing and selling food you will also need a license from your local council.
What other ways can I get involved?
If you are keen to join the Telethon family of Volunteers, click here.
They get to help us out at different events across the year like, Mega Bingo, The Kids Carnival, selling raffle tickets at events, general office duties and data entry.