CTV Atlantic Delivers the 34th Annual IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN, June 2 and 3

— May 31, 2018

– Maritimers come together to raise essential funds for the region’s only children’s hospital –
– CTV Atlantic’s Steve Murphy, Jayson Baxter, Maria Panopalis, and Kalin Mitchell lead telethon from the IWK Health Centre –
– Donations can be made by calling 1-800-595-2266 or online at iwkfoundation.org –

HALIFAX (May 31, 2018)CTV Atlantic highlights the inspirational stories of patients and families from across the region whose lives have been forever changed by the IWK Health Centre and its staff in the 34th annual IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN, airing throughout this weekend. The IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN kicks off this Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. AT and runs until Sunday, June 3 at 6 p.m. AT. The annual fundraiser has become a valued tradition among Maritimers who give generously each year. The IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN is the IWK’s largest annual fundraiser, supporting the most urgent priority needs of the IWK Health Centre, including up-to-date equipment, advanced technology, research, and improved facilities. Donations can be made by calling 1-800-595-2266 or online at www.iwkfoundation.org. Audiences can expect to see many familiar faces from CTV Atlantic on the 2018 IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN, including Senior Anchor Steve Murphy, CTV NEWS AT 5 hosts Jayson Baxter and Maria Panopalis, and meteorologist Kalin Mitchell. The entire CTV MORNING LIVE team will also make appearances over the weekend. The 2018 IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN features performances by Cape Breton sensation Pretty Archie, fiddler Colin Grant, rising country star Makayla Lynn, and Ian Janes, whose music has been featured on the hit musical drama series NASHVILLE. “The IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN is an annual tradition that highlights just how deeply Maritimers care about the IWK and that they want our children and women to have access to nothing less than the best,” says Jennifer Gillivan, President & CEO, IWK Foundation. “Maritimers can be confident that their donations through the telethon support the purchase of priority equipment and fund research and new facilities. Their generosity has a direct impact on the patients from across our region who rely on the IWK every single day.” “We couldn’t be more proud to be part of the team bringing the IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN to our Maritime community,” said Trent McGrath, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Atlantic. “Helping to tell the stories of these children and their families, as they face unimaginable health issues, is one of the most important things we do. We’re honoured to support the valuable work that IWK contributes to families across the region.” A much-beloved annual television event throughout the Maritimes, CTV Atlantic transforms Halifax’s IWK Health Centre into a television studio for the IWK TELETHON FOR CHILDREN. The broadcast features additional live reports from Sydney, N.S., Saint John, N.B., and Charlottetown.

About IWK Foundation
The IWK Foundation is a champion of excellence in women’s and children’s health and medicine and works in partnership with the IWK Health Centre 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 $13 million to 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. For more information, visit www.iwkfoundation.org.

About CTV News
CTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally, and has a network of national, international, and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN Bloomberg, CP24, and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, W5, POWER PLAY, and QUESTION PERIOD. Flagship news sites include CTVNews.ca, as well as CP24.com and BNNBloomberg.ca, and are complemented by CTV News GOCP24 GO, and BNN Bloomberg apps, and text-over-video product, ON THE GO, which provide a direct connection to Canada’s most trusted news anytime and anywhere.  With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the #1 news organization in Canada.

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