It’s the TV event that runs more than 24 hours non-stop and, since it’s inception in 1968, has raised hundreds of millions for sick children.

Over the years, Telethon has attracted international guests such Sir Cliff Richard, Harry Connick Jr, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner.

And because it’s unscripted… Telethon can be a hotbed of completely candid moments, heaps of us have memories of staying up late where there was a high chance that things would get spicy.

We’ve scoured some of the great memories from Telethon, which kicks off on Channel 7 this weekend, October 16 & 17.

All pics from Lost Telethon

Agro, Jeff Newman, Daryl Braithwaite and Adriana Xenides on the Telethon panel in 1990 (Lost Telethon via Facebook)



Pat McDonald (Number 96, Sons and Daughters) takes a rather big donation in the Telethon Phone Room in 1975. Yes, that’s a ciggie in her hand. (Lost Telethon via Facebook)


Fat Cat and Friends in front of the 1984 Telethon Money Wall. (Lost Telethon via Facebook)


Rick Ardon a victim of the Phantom Flan Flinger on the 1989 Telethon panel (Lost Telethon via Facebook)



John Farnham, Jeff Newman and 1989 Telethon Child, Holly Clarke (Lost Telethon via Facebook)