In 1968, Telethon was born. It began as a continuous 20 hour broadcast to raise money to improve the lives of children and young people throughout Western Australia.
Since then Telethon has grown to be one of the biggest fundraising events in the world and has raised and distributed over $179 million, providing much needed financial assistance to charitable organisations, children’s hospitals and research & medical facilities, changing the lives of countless children across Western Australia.
Every year, two very special children are chosen to be the face of Telethon. This year two extraordinary ten year olds Alyssa Bolger and Jayton Carter will be taking centre stage as the Little Telethon Stars.
Alyssa is just like any other 10 year old; full of energy, funny and extremely talkative. She is an expert on all things Lego, loves playing games with her brother and is an avid horse rider. You would never know this bright and bubbly little girl has faced more challenges in her ten years than most would face in a lifetime.
Every day Alyssa is faced with countless challenges, as she deals with taking on day to day life with autism, epilepsy and ADHD.
Despite this, this extraordinary little girl has aspirations that are beyond those of most kids her age, including starting her very own YouTube channel that will be dedicated to reviews on all the latest Lego, and gaming releases.
Thanks to the research and medical facilities supported by Telethon, Alyssa has had the opportunity to overcome the daily obstacles, becoming a gorgeous girl who is mature beyond her years.
It’s not unusual for ten year old boys to live and breathe sports, but Jayton’s dedication to sport is a little more remarkable than the norm.
Jayton lives with cystic fibrosis, a condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.
For this reason it is truly amazing that he manages to play field hockey, basketball, tennis, and cricket, not to mention he runs, swims and dances. If there is a sport he isn’t able to play, such as football, Jayton doesn’t let this stop him for being part of a team; he is the official water runner for his football team.
With the support from friends, family and his community in Cunderin, this inspiring young boy has never let cystic fibrosis get him down and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Without the funds raised through Telethon, the work of research & medical facilities wouldn’t be possible nor would kids like Alyssa and Jayton and their family have access to leading children’s hospitals.
This is why it is important to support Telethon, so our children are given the opportunity to live the best version of their life possible.
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