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Perth Telethon: TV Fund-raiser for Children

For fifty years Channel Seven has hosted the annual Telethon for Western Australia’s Perth Children’s Hospital and other beneficiaries.

This live event is broadcast over 26 hours from the beautiful city of Perth, from 6.30 pm on a Saturday in October.

This year’s event took place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). To date more than 306 million dollars has been raised.

Telethon is truly a unique event with donations constantly coming in via telephone and online and in person, from the public.

The mainstay donors are Western Australian citizens- families, young people, schools, clubs, and other individuals. Businesses and government also contribute.

Each year large corporate businesses and the Australian and Western Australian governments make sizeable donations, and the goal is to top last year’s total.

2018 Telethon raised $38,000,000. That’s thirty-eight million dollars.

Among the trustees of Telethon is Kerry Stokes, Chairman of the Seven Network and Australian Capital Equity, which has interests in media and entertainment, resources, energy, pastoral and mining.

Kerry Stokes has received the Companion of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his contributions to business and philanthropy.

Along with the Honorable Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia, a patron of Telethon is Professor Fiona Stanley. Professor Stanley is trained in maternal and child health epidemiology and public health and has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects.

She is the founding director of the Telethon Kids Institute, established in Perth in 1990.

The Channel 7 Perth Telethon, simply known as Telethon, was established in 1968 by philanthropists Brian Treasure and Sir James Cruthers.

There are around 50 beneficiaries including the Perth Children’s Hospital. Some donors ask for their contributions to be targeted toward specific endeavours, for example, helping indigenous children.

Each year two children are selected to represent the children of Western Australia who are helped as a result of the money raised by Telethon.

An online auction runs for the duration of the television broadcast, with items donated. They include signed merchandise from football clubs, personal items from stars and celebrities, and unusual or unique items.

Satterley Property Group and New Level Homes provided a beautiful furnished “Telethon house” for auction. This year’s two-storey house in Forrestfield, valued at $800,000 sold for $655,000. Part proceeds will go to Telethon.

The Minderoo Foundation, a “modern philanthropic organisation” founded by Andrew and Nicola Forrest has matched phone donations dollar for dollar, over certain time-frames over the weekend.

Andrew Forrest is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, one of the world’s main suppliers of iron ore. Dividends from Fortescue fund Minderoo’s ongoing commitment to philanthropic activities.

There are challenges by corporate bodies, like the HBF Fitness Challenge, stationary bike cycling challenge for individuals and corporate teams, taking place over 24 hours of Telethon.

The Crown Casino sponsors “In It To Win It” activities where TV stars and others have to complete short skill tasks or challenges to “win” a generous donation, which could be $100,000 or more.

The broadcast is interspersed with clips showing the personal stories of children at the Perth Children’s Hospital who benefit from Telethon, and the phenomenal efforts of those who look after un-well and disadvantaged children.

At 5.15 pm on Sunday 27th October, the tally was twenty million and eight hundred and eighty eight!

At the close of Telethon 2019, the total was:



Telethon has come a long way since first raising $104,829 in 1968.

Western Australians, sometimes called “Sandgropers” because of so much coastline along the state, are very generous when it comes to supporting children.

Kerry Stokes’ claim that Western Australia is now Australia’s undisputed leader of community giving is true.

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas Season.

Be kind to all, including animals. Take care and be positive and help others.

Here is a link to a Christmas poem that I wrote:


And click HERE for a Power-point with animals, kindness, friendship and a song by John Lennon. You may need to re-name / save the file with a PPT ending to open it using Microsoft PowerPoint, then run it as a slide show.

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Perth Royal Show 2015

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It’s on again!  The Perth Royal Show, this year, runs from Saturday 26th September until Saturday 3rd October 2015.  Just one week of games, rides, showbags, animals, exhibitions and purchases you wouldn’t normally make!

My sister and I bought our tickets earlier from our local IGA store with a saving of $4, making our Adult priced tickets $25 each rather than $29 each.  Any saving is a saving, we thought.  Having perused the parking suggestions on the official website, we decided to park at Rowe Park, the closest parking to the show at the Claremont Showgrounds.

I’m used to getting up around 6.15 am to go to work, so my sister stayed the night at my house on Friday 25th, then on Saturday 26th, we got up early, had a light breakfast & got ready.  Off we went, with my sister driving, loaded with camera, coffee in a thermos flask, hats, and a bottle of Powerade drink each.  We arrived at the little concrete car park for the actual Park, about 7.50 am, yes, at ten to 8.   We planned to get there an hour before the Show started, because we heard there was very limited parking.   We also though that one had to pay $20 for official parking.

However, because we had got there so very early, luckily, we were able to park in the official car park, rather than have to drive onto the lawn, which I think is what you have to pay for.  Rowe Park was a pleasant grassy area with swings and amenities, a great place for kids to play in or adults to sun themselves to have a sleep, or to do some pleasant reading.  In the car, I sipped my coffee eagerly, while noting a Sign reading “Surveillance Cameras” in use.

If you are driving, I recommend you turn into Langsford Street, Vaucluse Avenue or Reserve Road, off Stirling Highway, as shown below, to get to Stevens Road.   The small Car Park is off Stevens Road.  You then simply get out off your car, and bear right-ish or cross the road carefully ( two lanes ) and walk to the right under the bridge then around to the left and there is Gate One. 

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Squid Lips, Candy Cows & Margaret River

Entrance to Lake Cave Western AustraliaMy partner and I spent a lovely 3 nights away recently in Margaret River, at the beautiful Riverside Tourist Park in Willmott Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Town centre! We left the suburbs of Perth around 11.00 am on Thursday 23rd April and arrived at our new temporary residence 3 hours later.

Margaret_River_Town_MapOur domicile was a small 2 person chalet, number 15, quite close to the Office. The park consists of a great number of different accommodation arrangements, to accommodate singles, couples and families, and includes lovely awesome cottages alongside the Margaret River.

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Royal Hampshire Foundry Pewter SHIRE HORSE

Royal Hampshire Foundry Pewter Horse

Royal Hampshire Foundry Pewter Horse

I bought this BEAUUUTIFUL pewter Shire Horse from the eBay Seller – sea-eagle 1, a great Seller, with beautiful sculptures and figurines for sale – Collectables, Dolls & Toys.  Have a look at their porcelain Ladies and their Sherratt & Simpson animals for sale.

It is quite heavy and in mint condition, a stunning old, long retired original Wildlife Sculpture, circa 1980s.  The Horse ia approx. 3 3/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide x 3 1/2 inches high.   The Horse was packaged very well indeed, with special “puffy” padding and in a box with extra packaging material.  I was so excited when I got it and even kept the stamps on it.

This horse of course reminds me of Bill, the Shire pony in the “Lord of the Rings”.   I havent’ named my horse yet, but think it will be a lady’s name, when I do.

Royal Hampshire Foundry is well known for its pewter military figures, but it also manufactured some wildlife sculptures.  Alan Haig has the Kingfisher avaiable at the time of posting this.   He had a Squirrel, which was also VERY cute, but that has Sold !!


You can visit     SEA-EAGLE 1  

for a beautiful and unusual figurine NOW.