Irish charities to benefit from millions of euro raised during the 2007 RTÉ People in Need Telethon
Ryan Tubridy, host of the RTÉ People in Need Telethon 2007, in association with eircom, joined RTÉ Television presenters Pamela Flood, Lucy Kennedy, Caroline Morahan and Laura Woods to announce that the RTÉ People in Need Telethon is back. Set to broadcast on RTÉ One on Friday 26 October, the return of the telethon will be welcome news for Irish charities and community groups all over Ireland. During the last Telethon in 2004, over 4,000 fundraising events were organised by people nationwide, and proceeds were subsequently distributed to almost 760 projects in the 26 counties.
How far will you go for People in Need? That is the question posed by Ryan, Pamela, Lucy, Caroline and Laura, reflecting the theme of this year's RTÉ People in Need Telethon. The People in Need Trust, meanwhile, encouraged people to log on to www.telethon.ie to register their events.
John Holohan, Telethon Director, People in Need Trust is confident that this year's fundraising campaign will provide a great boost to Irish charities: "Thanks to both RTÉ and eircom, the telethon is back and once again this enables us to raise much needed funds for Irish charities. For us the most important message is for people to go out and support their county as all funds go back into the county in which they were raised, making it a great way to support good causes in your local community."
RTÉ has confirmed that the telethon broadcast will be presented by Ryan Tubridy and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, with Blathnaid presenting the show from 7.00pm while Ryan takes up the reins at 9.30pm. Packed full of entertainment, and with regular updates from fundraising centres around the country, this year's telethon shows will feature plenty of familiar celebrities behaving badly, and all in a good cause. Programme producer Michael Kealy says: "Expect plenty of stunts, lots of bizarre and novel fund-raising ideas, and bargains galore in the telethon auction room. The focus this year is on entertainment and we're aiming to make the telethon a must-see from 7.00pm on Friday evening until the early hours of Saturday morning."
Speaking on behalf of eircom, Managing Director Cathal Magee said: "eircom has been involved in the telethon since it began and we have been proud to see it go from strength to strength over the years. We are very much looking forward to this year's event and will work with the People in Need Trust and RTÉ to ensure this is the best telethon ever."
Since its inception in 1988, over ¤35 million has been raised by the People in Need Trust through the RTÉ People in Need Telethon, supporting a wide variety of charitable organisations nationwide. The telethon has always placed a special emphasis on smaller, low-profile groups who would have difficulty in raising sufficient funds for themselves. It's almost 20 years since the very first telethon and organizers hope that the RTÉ People in Need Telethon 2007 will be an anniversary to remember for thousands of people in need the length and breadth of the country.