Iconic WA charity event wins national award at 2021-2022 MEA Awards

28 Aug 2023
Iconic WA charity event wins national award at 2021-2022 MEA Awards Image

RAC Arena Perth & Channel 7 Telethon Trust awarded ‘Cause Related Event of the Year’ for Telethon Weekend 2022

Australia’s longest operating and largest events industry association Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) recently acknowledged and celebrated excellence and achievements in the industry during 2021 & 2022, with RAC Arena & Channel 7 Telethon Trust awarded the national ‘Cause Related Event of the Year’ for Telethon Weekend 2022.

Moving the spectacular Telethon event to RAC Arena was a major undertaking for all involved but an exciting one, opening up new possibilities for centralising the marathon 26 hour Telethon broadcast, staging the Family Festival and seamlessly blending the two events in one accessible city centre location. With the cooperation of the State Government and City of Perth, some central city roads were closed on the Sunday of the event and all public transport was made free to boost attendance and to assist in revitalising the city after the Covid closures.

“RAC Arena was so thrilled to play host to the iconic Telethon Weekend, and we were proud to further support with a $120,000 in-kind donation from the venue to assist the wonderful work that the Telethon Institute does,” said Michael Scott, General Manager, RAC Arena.

“The successful weekend was a result of 12 months of planning alongside the Telethon team, and was brought to life with the hard work of over 400 RAC Arena personnel.”

Richard Goyder, Channel 7 Telethon Trust Chairman, thanked the Arena for their support, “We thank RAC Arena, WA’s home of live entertainment, for their generous support in 2022 and look forward to working with their stellar team for many years to come.”

Telephon at RAC Arena, October 2022.

Event Snapshot:

  • Over 34,000 people came through the doors of the Arena over the event weekend.
  • An estimated 40,000 attended the Family Festival where, in spite of the rain, the streets were thronged.
  • Over 614,000 people tuned in to the television broadcast.
  • More than 9 million minutes were streamed across BVOD platform 7Plus from viewers around Australia..

For more information on upcoming events at RAC Arena please visit: www.racarena.com.au/whats-on