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IWK Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary of the IWK Telethon for Children and 40 years of community giving

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Halifax, NS (April 23, 2024) – This year marks the 40th anniversary of the IWK Telethon for Children. To recognize this milestone, the IWK Foundation is celebrating 40 years of community giving in support of the IWK through a special weekend of giving.

For the first time, the IWK Foundation will host the IWK Radiothon, a two-hour Live Tribute Show, and the IWK Telethon for Children on CTV over one incredible weekend, from May 31 to June 2. Throughout the weekend, we will share heartwarming IWK patient stories, celebrate donor generosity, and raise much-needed funds for the IWK.

Every day over the next 40 days, there will be clips from the archives, celebrity shoutouts, patient updates and more shared on the IWK Foundation’s social media channels (@IWKFoundation on Facebook and Instagram).

“We are honoured to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Telethon through a special weekend dedicated to our generous community of donors and supporters,” said Jennifer Gillivan, President & CEO, IWK Foundation. “Over the past 40 years, our community has come together to help make their IWK the exceptional place it is for generations of Maritimes children, youth and families. We are so grateful for their unwavering love and support as we reflect on our past and look towards our future.”

Weekend of Giving Schedule:

  • Friday, May 31 (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.): IWK Radiothon, sharing inspiring patient stories on 10 Bell Media radio stations across the Maritimes.
  • Saturday, June 1 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.): IWK Telethon LIVE Tribute Show on CTV, featuring some of the Maritimes’ best musical artists and greetings from special guests as we pay tribute to our IWK community.
  • Sunday, June 2 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.): 40th IWK Telethon for Children on CTV, including must-see updates, follow-up with familiar faces from past broadcasts, fun clips from the archives, heartfelt patient family stories and more.

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About the IWK Foundation

The IWK Foundation is a champion of excellence in women's and children's health and medicine and works in partnership with IWK Health to support their vision of providing quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritime Provinces and beyond. Our donors are passionately committed to making a difference for Maritime families, contributing over $19.4 million in support of the most urgent care priorities at the IWK last year. Funds raised also support the IWK's global leadership in research and knowledge sharing, which in turn improves lives worldwide. Visit for more information. 

Media Contact

Sarah Greening  
Writer, Communications & Public Affairs 
IWK Foundation 
P: 902.266.3306