Federal Government donates $5 million to Telethon

Federal Government donates $5 million to Telethon

Even a global pandemic can’t halt the generosity of West Australians, with the public, big business and government all opening their hearts and purses to help sick children.

The Federal Government chipped in with a total of $4.8 million as the State’s biggest annual fundraising event got off to a flying start.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, representing the Prime Minister, presented the money, saying he was proud to be able to make the donation.

“The research and services that Telethon has helped fund over more than 50 years has saved and changed the lives of children in WA, around Australia and the world,” Mr Cormann said.

“It’s been a tough year for many. As the world grapples with a pandemic, health and wellbeing has been front and centre for all of us.

“The Federal Government is very happy to support Telethon because we know every dollar is put to the best possible use to help improve the health and wellbeing of our children.”

Last year the Federal Government initially donated $2.5m, before Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged a further $1m later in the evening.

That was on top of its $13m contribution over 10 years to the Origins project. The biggest study of its kind in Australia, it is a collaboration between the Telethon Kids Institute and Joondalup Health Campus, which will follow 10,000 families over 10 years to study and improve child and adult health.

To donate, phone 1300 737 507.