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Celebrities draw crowd

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Hundreds flocked to Bunbury Centre Point shopping centre for this year’s Telethon carnival on Sunday to catch a glimpse of Channel 7 stars Carolyn Burns-McCrave, centre, and Lukas Radovich who were introduced to limo ride winners Sarah McPhail and Rachel Morris, 15, by centre marketing manager Tiana Pomayo. Children and their families enjoyed live entertainment, bouncy castles, show bags, face painting and lots more. Report page 3.
Camera IconHundreds flocked to Bunbury Centre Point shopping centre for this year’s Telethon carnival on Sunday to catch a glimpse of Channel 7 stars Carolyn Burns-McCrave, centre, and Lukas Radovich who were introduced to limo ride winners Sarah McPhail and Rachel Morris, 15, by centre marketing manager Tiana Pomayo. Children and their families enjoyed live entertainment, bouncy castles, show bags, face painting and lots more. Report page 3. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

Hundreds of people descended on Bunbury Centre Point shopping centre for the annual Telethon carnival on Sunday to catch a glimpse of celebrities Carolyn Burns-McCrave from House Rules and Lukas Radovich from Home and Away.

Bunbury Centre Point marketing manager Tiana Pomaybo said the centre raised a total of $50,000.

“It was a major success,” Ms Pomaybo said.

“Just making sure everything was running smoothly and everything was set up and all the work that went into finding the volunteers, considering everything that had to be done, it went amazingly.”

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Ms Pomaybo said the day would not of been the same without the generosity of the many volunteers.

“It wouldn’t be a success without the people that put in their time, money or resources, so Primewest would like to thank everyone who helped out.”

Ms Pomaybo said she was touched by the story from Home and Away star Lucas Radovich who was reconnected with a young girl who was sick only a year.

“When we were in the limo with the celebrities, Lucas was talking about one of the girls he met in the hospital last year who was quite sick and she showed up at Telethon in Bunbury this year and he got to see her with all of her hair grown back and her doing really well,” Ms Pomaybo said.

“He said he had to pull out some acting tricks just to hold back the tears which is really cool to hear those kinds of stories.

“Just to be involved in that and to see it all go down is pretty awesome.”

Ms Pomaybo said she was already looking forward to next year’s event.

“Yeah there should be some really cool, different things for next year so I think it will be even bigger and better.”

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