Harrison to represent Gosnells in Telethon

Harrison to represent Gosnells in Telethon

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One local child has been chosen as one of this year’s four Telethon children.

Six-year-old Gosnells Primary School student Harrison Lee Carthew and his family and school were thrilled to receive the exciting news this week.

Diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and developmental delays at the age of 15 months, Harrison couldn’t walk until he was four.

The Year 1 student has disrupted sleep and takes daily Botox injections to help with his developing pains.

Photograph – Mel Dee

The 2023 Telethon weekend will be back at the RAC Arena on October 21 and 22 and will be broadcast live on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The Telethon Family Festival will also take over Wellington Street and Yagan Square on Sunday, October 22.

Harrison’s mother Pay Pay Lee said being able to borrow items such as a wheelchair, walker and crutches supplied by Telethon allowed him to move and play with his friends and siblings.

“He couldn’t participate like a normal child when he first started walking around three and four years old,” she said.

“This equipment has given him a lot of independence and confidence in being his own little person.

“His wheelchair and walker mean he feels good as a growing child to be able to use his own legs.”

Last year, Channel 7 Telethon raised a record $71.3 million, which helped 107 beneficiaries continue to improve the health and wellbeing of WA children.

Photograph – Mel Dee