Guests walk in front of the donation counter of the 2016 edition of the Telethon in Paris, December 4
„I promise you“: echoing Johnny Hallyday’s ballad sung for the launch of the 31st Telethon, the charity and popular charity big marathon for rare disease research garnered a large number of pledges on Saturday. the morning.
„Zazie is our godmother but Johnny is somewhere our godfather of heart, we think very strongly of him and all the very positive messages that he was able to pass us,“ told AFP Laurence Tiennot-Herment, president of the organizing association, the AFM-Telethon.
At 10:00, pledges amounted to 7.85 million euros, a little more than the 7.63 million euros collected at the same time the year before. „But now it’s all playing,“ recalls Laurence Tiennot-Herment.
Donations, tax-deductible at 66%, can be made by phone by calling 3637 or on the website www.telethon.fr.
Last year, the Telethon raised € 92.7 million for research on rare diseases, compared to 94 in 2015, 92 in 2014 and 89 in 2013.
In opening the 30 hours of broadcast on public channels, Friday night, the patron of the 2017 edition Zazie, accompanied by Garou, the godfather of the 2016 edition, paid tribute to Johnny Hallyday singing duet „I promise you „.
„This song is a love story but not necessarily with her lover, her lover, her husband, with his wife, that maybe I promise you too, the Telethon promise, what we promise ourselves during these 48 hours, „said Zazie, who wrote the song“ Light the fire „for Johnny, giving the kickoff of the televised marathon at Pavillon Baltard near Paris.
– Background of declining donations –
This new edition of the Telethon, presented by Sophie Davant and Nagui, is due to end at 1:00 am on Saturday night and to collect donations for research on rare diseases.
But this year, the Telethon must coexist on France Télévisions with the broadcast of the popular tribute to Johnny Hallyday on the Champs-Elysées and the Church of the Madeleine.
„Johnny was a very popular person and the Telethon is a very popular event, and Johnny’s fans are also Telethon volunteers and donors – it’s the same world,“ says Laurence Tiennot-Herment . The singer, who died on Wednesday, had participated twice in the Telethon.
Fans of Johnny Hallyday, leaving by bus from Alsace to attend the tribute to Paris, decided to add 5 euros to the ticket price and donate to the Telethon.
The 2017 edition of the charity marathon takes place in a general context of declining donations.
In 2016, the number of households that reported to the tax authorities a donation to an association (5.28 million) decreased by more than 4% compared to 2015, whereas it had changed little in ten years, according to the barometer of the generosity of the Research and Solidarity Network, published Monday in La Croix.
Beyond the issues related to research, the Telethon is a popular and festive event apart: for 30 hours, it mobilizes 200,000 volunteers, on no less than 20,000 local events.
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