Seven to host telethon for Ronald McDonald House

2015-02-16_1634Channel Seven Sydney is set to run a telethon in May for Ronald McDonald House, Westmead.

Tim Worner, CEO Seven West Media said, “Channel Seven is thrilled to be working with Ronald McDonald House Westmead on the building of this much needed facility in Western Sydney. We have a proud history of committing the energy of our Network to initiatives that will enhance the lives of the people we serve. It is a perfect fit for Seven and our people, who are passionate about bringing positive change to our communities.”

“Seven’s commitment to run a telethon to help improve the lives of families and their sick children at a time when they need it most is nothing short of phenomenal. Everyone at Ronald McDonald House Westmead is immensely grateful for Seven’s passion and support of what is unquestionably an outstanding cause,” said Ian Hogg, Campaign Chairman, Building Love Campaign Regional CEO, Fremantle Media Australia & Asia Pacific.

The Building Love with Telethon on May 16th Seven will feature many of Seven’s on-air people, broadcast on Channel Seven Sydney, and promoted on Seven, publishing and online media interests.

Mark Ferguson,  Seven News Sydney and Campaign Ambassador, Building Love Campaign, added, “We are all thrilled to be part of this wonderful cause. Ronald McDonald House Westmead already provides first rate care and support to families when they need it most. How good will it be when they can help even more families? We urge everyone to give whatever they can – and give families real hope.”

Currently, Ronald McDonald House Westmead is only able to accommodate one in two families asking for help. The Building Love with Telethon on Seven is a public campaign seeking support from all people in New South Wales to raise funds to allow construction of a new Ronald McDonald House Westmead.

There is an obvious and urgent need to build a new House to provide a home-away-from-home for more families in need. Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia, Ronald McDonald House Global and RMH Westmead together are contributing a total of $10 million into the building of a new house in Westmead. The total project will cost $30 million including an endowment fund for its future operations. The Building Love Campaign must raise $20 million from the community, corporations, government and trust and foundations.


  1. Ronald McDonald House is such a great project for families to be able to be near their children while in hospital, and glad that a channel has come forward to help this great cause, there are telethons for Children’s Hospitals which is fantastic but it is hard for people that have to try and find somewhere to stay to be near their loved ones when they are really sick. Great gesture channel 7.

    • Plus it would be the kind of thing – and certainly a phrase like Building Love greatly assists – that could provide a new and positive energy post the siege. Not that one should overtly use that in advertising however. Social media reactions have bitten similar things in the past overseas.

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