Janeway Telethon raises almost $3M

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Published on June 01, 2014

Volunteering with the Marine Institute, Alisha Morrissey takes a pledge from a caller to the 30th. annual Janeway Children's Miracle Network Telethon broadcast live on NTV this past weekend from the Free Masons Hall in Mount Pearl. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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In his weekend role as telethon floor director, NTV award winning photojournalist and news producer Bart Fraize had his hands full making sure the telethon ran smoothly. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Watching a Just for Kids Transportation Group convoy are Otto Cornish of Grand Falls-Windsor and his daughter Danesha, 4, and Darryl McNeil of Stephenville and his son Carter, 2. Carter, being treated for leukemia, and Danesha, being treated for sarcoma, are both being treated at the Janeway and are temporary residents of the Ronald McDonald House. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Kayla Murphy (left) and Tracy White, of the Pearlgate Mount Pearl TD branch applaud. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Bridgett Clarke and Spencer Murphy of the Shawn Silver Irish Dancers, step it out to Cooley’s Reel as part of the entertainment at the Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Telethon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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NTV personalities Jesse Stirling and Toni Mari Wiseman open the 30 annual telethon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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NTV personalities Michael Connors and Christina Marshall-Jeenes introduce guests to appear on the café segment of the telethon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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These four kids from the MAX Athletics preschool wait to go live on NTV on Sunday morning. From left are Calleigh Stringer, 3, Gabrielle Tucker, 5, Ty Leslie, 4 and Levi Quann, 4. Their cheque total was $1,000. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Kids from the Newfunland Day Care in Torbay are shown following their live television appearance with their cheque for $616.02. From left are Decklan Strickland, Amelia Robson, early childhood educator Rebecca Rideout, William Hopkins and Cara King with her son Nathan Gallant. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Naomi Russell plays with family band Russells In The Corner. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Volunteering with the Marine Institute staff, Kim Thornhill is all smiles as she accepts a huge donation from a caller to the 30th annual Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Telethon broadcast live on NTV Sunday from the Freemasons Hall in Mount Pearl. — Photos by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

30th-annual event moves to Freemasons’ Hall due to hospital renovations

Newfoundlanders and Lab-radorians once again gave generously to the Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.
The 2014 edition of the 30th-annual telethon raised $2,904,786 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. The previous year’s telethon raised $2.97 million.
“It’s been going really well,” foundation executive director Lynn Sparkes told The Telegram Sunday.

Funds pledged during the telethon are used to purchases equipment for the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s. Those purchases are prioritized by various departments within the hospital.

“The telethon is the Janeway foundation’s biggest, most important fundraising event,” said Sparkes. “Last year, we gave the Janeway over $3.3 million, and that did not include the $150,000 for pediatric research that happened in this province, and it doesn’t include the $100,000 that we gave for staff education for our staff within the Janeway. So needless to say, this fundraiser is extremely important to us.”

The 2014 telethon was unique in that the broadcast handled by NTV was not filmed at the hospital. Because of renovations to increase clinical space, the hospital cafeteria no longer suits the telethon’s needs — Sparkes said the space could not accommodate the phone banks used to accept pledges.

Fortunately, the Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador agreed to allow the telethon to use its Freemasons’ Hall in Mount Pearl free of charge.

“There’s been a bit of a learning curve with it, but I think that a lot of the issues that we’re having behind the scenes, which are few, but that’s not translating to what the viewer is seeing,” said Sparkes.

NTV was also broadcasting live on Saturday and Sunday from Grand Falls-Windsor, Burin and Corner Brook for the telethon.

arobinson@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Janeway foundation

Geographic location: Janeway Children, Newfoundland and Labrador, Mount Pearl Burin Corner Brook

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