This year’s 35th edition of France’s Telethon raised close to 74 million euros in promised donations on Sunday, according to its organisers, Belga news agency reports.
Telethon 2021’s counter registered 73,622,019 euros at its final count on Sunday, a net increase on the 58.3 million euros raised during last year’s Telethon.
A total of 77 million euros was eventually registered last year on the Telethon counter, which remained open for some time after the event.
For this edition of the nationwide drive to collect funds for rare diseases, launched on Friday evening, in-person donations were again possible, unlike last year’s event. The 34th edition had to be limited to the TV and Internet due to the lockdown prompted by the Coronavirus. The time around, the event was taken to towns and villages across France.
“We were able to enjoy once again the conviviality and festive spirit on the ground,” while complying with social distancing measures, AFM-Telethon President Laurence Tiennot-Herment told French news agency AFP.
Despite inclement weather in many areas, the event was held in close to 10,000 communes.
Last year the hugely popular event had been limited to broadcasts on France Télévision’s channels and Internet challenges.