Telethon 2021 kicks off with incredible opener from The Wizard of Oz
Telethon has kicked off with a bang as some of WA’s favourite sports, TV and music stars join forces to raise money for WA’s sickest kids.
The annual fundraising spectacular got off to a roaring start at Crown Theatre as the phone lines opened and donations started rolling in.
The cast of The Wizard of Oz opened the 26-hour broadcast with a powerhouse performance.
Producer Marina Del Basso said that the cast was “thrilled” to take part in Telethon.
“It’s wonderful to be part of something for the community,” she said.
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“A lot of our cast have grown up here in WA and they watched Telethon growing up... it’s such an important cause.”
The line-up for the rest of the evening is stellar.
Birds of Tokyo front man Ian Kenny and bandmate, keyboardist Glenn Sarangapany, will take to the stage for an intimate acoustic performance — followed by vocalist Amy Manford and Perth band End of Fashion.
Viewers can expect a roll call of WA’s biggest names, including sports stars such as Wildcats legend Jesse Wagstaff, Dockers defender Janelle Cuthbertson and Paralympian — and former little Telethon star — Ben Popham.
In 2020, COVID-19 restrictions meant that the broadcast the show was split into two halves. But this year, the much-loved 26 hour broadcast is back.
Host and Channel 7 presenter Basil Zempilas promised audiences a Telethon to remember.
“We are back with a 26 hour extravaganza, and it all starts right now,” he said.
“We’ve got a great show, so many surprises, incredible guests.”
Watch the action live on Channel 7 Perth from 6.30pm Saturday and donate at any time via telethon7.com
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