Telethon – Billy T. James

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In this advertisement promoting support of the Child and Youth Development Trust via the 1985 Telethon, comedian Billy T. James tells a story about getting his jokes from kids.

"Get in and join us on Telethon. It’ll be choice."

Telethons were frequently held in New Zealand during the 1970s and 80s, by TVNZ. They were fundraisers of 24 hour duration, held in various regional centres, with continuous television coverage of the live events bringing together prominent celebrities of the day to encourage the public to give to selected charitable causes. People came along en masse to enjoy the entertainment, give donations, or simply appear on television.

The theme song, "Thank You Very Much for Your Kind Donation," was used to acknowledge donations.

Catalogue Reference C4996

Year 1985


Cast: Billy T. James

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