Fundraising record broken thanks to movie magic

August 7, 2017

Telethon Community Cinemas

Movie magic: Telethon Community Cinemas has raised more than $7.7 million for children's charities since 2002

Murdoch University helped to raise another record total for WA children’s charities thanks to its partnership with Telethon Community Cinemas in the 2016/17 season.

A total of $816,132.42 was raised thanks to open air screenings of summer blockbusters and family favourites at Murdoch’s Perth Campus, as well as venues in Burswood, Bassendean and Mandurah.

The funds will be divided between eight charities, including the Edmund Rice Camps, Make a Wish WA and Youth Futures.

The total raised is the 16th consecutive record result for Telethon Community Cinemas, bringing its cumulative amount raised to more than $7.7 million.

Ken Gibbons, Volunteer Event Coordinator from Telethon Community Cinemas, thanked the volunteers who helped to run the summer season at Murdoch between November 2016 and February 2017.

“By volunteering their time to run our bars, sell raffle tickets and check tickets, among a range of other duties, Telethon Community Cinemas can donate all profits to the charities,” said Mr Gibbons.

“Our sponsors, movie goers and partners like Murdoch are also integral to our continuing success so our thanks is extended to them.

“Our charity has exploded in popularity since its humble beginnings, from $2,700 raised in 2002. We are looking forward to breaking more records in the future.”

Leafy lower Bush Court on Murdoch’s Perth Campus was transformed into a movie-lovers’ paradise for the summer season, hosting screenings of popular new releases like comedy sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby and the Clint Eastwood-directed drama Sully.

Special screening nights for Murdoch alumni were also arranged.

Glenn Hamilton, Murdoch’s Events Manager, said the University was proud to be able to help support children’s charities.

“The partnership also enables us invite the community onto campus to enjoy an atmospheric evening watching movies under the stars,” he said.

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