Gold Telethon Raises Over $6 Million

Nine, in partnership with the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, staged its eighth annual Gold Telethon yesterday, with companies and individuals from around New South Wales donating a whopping $6,002,228 for sick kids.

Hugh Marks, CEO of Nine, said: “Everyone here at Nine is so overwhelmed by the generosity New South Wales showed yesterday. Whether it was $5 or $50,000, each dollar will go towards helping children in our community who need it the most.”

Nicola Stokes, CEO of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, said: “We are absolutely honoured to have raised over $6 million through this year’s Gold Telethon, and donations are still coming in. Thanks to our supporters, we can help the increasing number of sick and injured children who need our hospital through state of the art lifesaving equipment and groundbreaking research so that kids have a shorter stay in hospital and get to go home sooner – where they belong.”

The Gold Telethon, broadcast LIVE from the Nine studios in Sydney, was hosted by Nine’s favourite personalities, including TODAY’s Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Richard Wilkins, Sylvia Jeffreys and Natalia Cooper, TODAY Extra’s David Campbell, as well as House Husbands’ Julia Morris, Weekend TODAY’s Deborah Knight, The NRL Footy Show’s Erin Molan, and Cameron Williams and Peter Overton from Nine News.

Two coaches from The Voice – five-time Grammy Award winner, celebrated singer, songwriter and author, Kelly Rowland, and vocalist, producer, author, DJ and frontman of hit group Culture Club, Boy George – were also on hand to lend their support.

Stars taking a frenzy of donation calls included Chopper’s Michael Caton, The NRL Footy Show’s Beau Ryan, Love Child’s Andy Ryan, Sophie Hensser Bloom, Danielle Catanzariti, Darcie Irwin-Simpson, Sophia Forrest and Dan Hamill, Here Come the Habibs’ Michael Denkah, Rob Shehadie, Sam Alhaje, Georgia Flood, Kat Hoyos and Tyler De Nawi, Doctor Doctor’s Rodger Corser, Hayley McElhinney, Ryan Johnson, Belinda Bromilow, Charles Wu and Brittany Clark, as well Australian Ninja Warrior’s Ben Fordham. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, players from the NSW Swifts, Penrith Panthers NRL stars and many more also took calls.

The massive entertainment lineup for the day included Aussie rock band Sheppard, singer and actress Casey Donovan, The Voice 2017’s Sally Skelton, Sony artists Jess and Matt, and Eurovision’s Isiah. Comedians Akmal Saleh and Tahir, and little surfing legend and TODAY favourite Sabre Norris also dropped by.

• Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick treats more than 61,500 children each year
• On average, more than 100 children a day will come through the Emergency Department
• At any one time, there are 400 patients receiving cancer treatment in the hospital
• 1,700 people work at the hospital, including 595 nurses and 300 research staff
• Child Life Therapists use about five kilograms of “play dough” every month
• On average, hospital staff use approximately two litres of bubbles every day to distract or entertain patients
• More than 100 children a day attend the emergency department
• More than 50% of patients admitted are under five years of age
• Each month more than 500 children undergo surgery
• 1,200 patients and siblings are enrolled in the hospital’s school
• The hospital has 160 beds on average
• Each month 244 ambulances arrive at the emergency department
**• Each year 744 limb fractures are treated in the Emergency Department **
• Each year there are more than 320,000 outpatient appointments
• Each year 10,400 band-aids are used in the emergency department
• Each year more than 11,000 “icy poles” are given to recovering patients in Emergency and post-surgery

There’s still time to donate:
• Call 1800 CHILDREN (244 537)
• Log on to


Monday 11 June at 9am


Get ready to dig deep and donate to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation as Nine broadcasts all the fun and excitement of the ninth Gold Telethon LIVE this Monday, June 11, from 9.00am AEST on Nine and 9Now.

This annual telethon extravaganza, which has raised more than $30 million over the past eight years, will for the first time embrace the theme of The Greatest Showman, with TODAY Extra’s David Campbell leading the spectacle as ringmaster.

Joining him are Nine’s favourite personalities including TODAY’s Karl Stefanovic, Georgie Gardner and Richard Wilkins, TODAY Extra’s Sonia Kruger, Weekend TODAY’s Peter Stefanovic and Jayne Azzopardi, Wide World of Sports’ James Bracey, as well as Peter Overton, Deborah Knight and Belinda Russell from Nine News.

A variety of Australia’s top artists will hit the telethon stage, including chart-topping band Sheppard performing their new single, Hometown, Human Nature’s Andrew Tierney with his newly formed pop duo Finding Faith, as well as Aussie singer/songwriter Anthony Callea.

Standout artists from The Voice 2018 will also grace the stage, with Brock Ashby, Jacinta Gulisano, Josh Richards and Erin Whetters set to perform their rendition of hits from The Greatest Showman. And Voice superstar coach Joe Jonas will present a heartwarming story from his recent visit to the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Australian Ninja Warrior’s Ben Fordham will pop by with some of your favourite ninjas from the 2017 hit series, The NRL Footy Show’s Beau Ryan and Daryl “Big Marn” Brohman will have some surprises, and Gentlemen of Deceit will wow viewers with their extraordinary tricks of illusion. Australia’s leading lady of theatre, Rhonda Burchmore, will also drop into the telethon studio, as will New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Throughout the day there’ll be live crosses to TODAY’s Sylvia Jeffreys and Tim Gilbert at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.

A host of familiar Nine stars will support the appeal by taking viewers’ donations on the phone. They include The Block’s Scott Cam, Married at First Sight’s Ryan, Dean, Justin, Nasser, Blair and Gabrielle, Doctor Doctor’s Matt Castley, Brittany Clark and Chloe Bayliss, and the Fren family from Travel Guides.

Netballers Helen Housby and Paige Hadley from the NSW Swifts will lend a hand, as will funnyman and TV/radio personality Merrick Watts.

During the all-day broadcast viewers will also meet Ollie, the courageous face of the Gold Telethon 2018. Despite being diagnosed with a rare illness called VACTERL association, having his foot amputated at the age of five and undergoing 28 major operations including open heart surgery, this nine-year-old boy’s indominable spirit is inspirational.

Nine Chief Executive Officer, Hugh Marks, commended the entire telethon team who have worked tirelessly, donating their time to such a worthwhile cause.

“It’s a massive effort, and every year I am humbled by the hard work and commitment of all involved, including the on-air talent and those behind the camera. The Gold Telethon promises to be a day of great entertainment, and above all an opportunity for viewers to dig deep and raise funds to support the vital work of the Sydney Children’s Hospital,” he said.

“We know how brilliantly the hospital staff work to support children and their families across New South Wales, in fact Australia, when they are at their most vulnerable. We thank them for all their hard work, and together with the generosity of the community and major partners look forward to raising in excess of $6 million in this year’s Gold Telethon.”

Viewers can donate on the day by calling 1800 244 537, texting GOLD to 0477 333 555, or visiting the Gold Telethon website. 9Now will also live stream the Gold Telethon nationally.




From 7.00pm on Saturday, October 27, the Nine Network will continue its support of Aussie farmers by joining forces with the legendary Glenn Wheatley to broadcast the Buy a Bale: Hay Mate drought relief concert when it rolls into Tamworth with artists John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Guy Sebastian, The Veronicas, Jon Stevens, Andrew Farriss (INXS), Adam Harvey, Tim Wheatley, Aleyce Simmonds and Nat Conway all on board.

John Farnham will lead this cast of Aussie entertainers with funds raised going to Rural Aid. “Farmers are the backbone of this Country” Farnham said. “I understand what they are going through. They are doing it tough through this drought. It’s a shame we did not do something sooner. But we are acting now!”

Nine’s support for Hay Mate follows the network’s hugely successful TODAY Show Farm Aid Telethon, where Aussies dug deep and helped to raise over $8.5 million for our farmers going through the worst drought in living memory.

Nine’s Head of Content, Production and Development, Adrian Swift, said:

“Nine is hugely committed to helping Australia’s farmers who are suffering through the worst drought in 100 years. And the job isn’t over yet – working with Glenn Wheatley and Aussie music legends like John Farnham represents another massive opportunity to show support and raise more money. Hay Mate will be a major television event featuring some of Australia’s biggest musical acts with all profits going to Rural Aid.”

Hay Mate: Buy a Bale, will be held at Scully Park Wests Leagues Club in Tamworth and is made possible by the generosity of partners: Qantas, Toyota, Woolworths, News Corp, Optus and the Nine Network.

Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale program supports Aussie farmers and rural communities throughout Australia, by providing meaningful support for farmers, delivering hay and other essential items for those who have no feed left for their livestock.

The Buy a Bale program in association with Toyota and Woolworths has, so far, distributed over $3 million worth of fodder to farmers around Australia, but with the worsening drought and the need for a lot more has these companies are committed to distributing more through the funds raised at the HAY MATE concert.

Nine are throwing their weight behind the Hay Mate concert and will be running a national telethon live
from Scully Park with the help of all the drought relief partners on Saturday, October 27 at 7.00pm on



Hay Mate Concert proceeds deliver help to farmers in Tamworth


Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale program begins delivering hay from the proceeds from the Hay Mate Concert for the Farmers in Tamworth on Tuesday, December 11.

The Hay Mate concert was a massive undertaking and featured John Farnham, Guy Sebastian, Daryl Braithwaite, The Veronicas, Andrew Farriss, Jon Stevens, Tim Wheatley, Adam Harvey, Aleyce Simmonds and Nat Conway, all of whom donated their services to raise funds for the farmers during this time of drought.

The Hay Mate concert was supported by the Nine Network who broadcast the event live across Australia raising over $2.8 million dollars.

Today crossed live to Tamworth this morning (Tuesday) for the massive hay giveaway to show Australians how their donations are being used to deliver one of the biggest hay drops of 2018.

The Hay Mate Concert organiser and promoter Glenn Wheatley will present CEO of Rural Aid Charles Alder the cheque from the concert fundraising effort in Tamworth as 255 farmers come to town to collect over 2000 bales of hay to keep their animals alive as the summer bears down. According to Glenn, “This hay drop, and others across NSW, will see the proceeds from Hay Mate delivering support when our farmers need it the most. This is a massive effort on the back of amazing donations from the Australian public.”

The Tamworth region drop will bring $800,000 in hay to the region. Hay Mate will also be providing gift cards and dog food to the families. Total value of this drop will be in excess of $1,000,000.

Further drops of hay are planned for the Milparinka/Tibooburra/Camerons Corner region (far North West NSW). More than $300,000 of hay and transport has started being delivered.

Deliveries have also started in the Peak Hill/Tomingley/Tullamore region (South West of Dubbo). More than $250,000 of hay and transport. started on the weekend and will continue for the next week.

Other regions to receive hay include Brewarrina, Coonamble and Narrabri.

As the long-term weather predictions talk of a very hot summer, the funds raised from Hay Mate is making sure as much assistance is delivered before Christmas with up to 1500 tonnes of hay being distributed each week across NSW, Qld and SA.

“We’re thrilled to see the first roll out of proceeds from Hay Mate being put into action, especially coming in time for Christmas, said Adrian Swift Nine’s Head of Content, Production & Development.

“Everyone who donated on the night of the Hay Mate concert should be proud of the contribution they’ve made to help ease the burden on our farmers.”

These hay drops, hamper giveaways and fuel cards will help make the Christmas period more bearable for our Aussie farmers. Many have struggled to afford the basics and this generosity will help many families and their towns get through.

“We’ve been able to buy large amounts of hay from South Australia and deliver to hundreds of farmers.”
Charles Alder said.

“Drought is decimating communities across Australia, but with programs like Buy a Bale, and more fundraisers like the Hay Mate Tamworth concert, we can all help these communities to make it out the other side,”

Glenn Wheatley added,’ Thank you to all who supported Hay Mate. Qantas, Toyota, Woolworth, Nine, News Corp and all the generous people from across Australia who donated, we are going to make a difference for the farmers.