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Offbeat France: Nearly 74 million euros of gift promises for the Telethon

14:45  05 december  2021
14:45  05 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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nearly 74 million euros of gift promises were harvested at the 35th edition of the Telethon, annual charity appointment to help funding medical research and retransmitted for some 30 hours, live on channels France Télévisions.

last year to Cause of Covid-19 , the Telethon had only taken place on television. He could take place on the ground and all over France this year.

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For the occasion, 74 million euros of donation promises have been harvested for rare disease research after a whole weekend of events in more than 10,000 communes in the country. "We have been able to reconnect with the conviviality and party spirit on the ground", in respect of barrier gestures, welcomed the AFP President of the AfM-Telethon organization, Laurence Tiennot-Herment.

a result "as strong as the generosity of the public, that the energy felt on the thousands of animations that took place everywhere in France, and as powerful as the fight of families and the determination of researchers," welcomed AFM-Telethon.

sponsored by the rapper Soprano , this 35th edition obtains a sharp result from the total of 58.3 million euros lifted last year. A total of 77 million had been recorded last year to the meter, the counter remaining still a while after the event.

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"Show people that the disease is not inevitable"

to convince the usefulness of the donation, The Telethon 2021 has put the focus this year on gene therapy, a method of introducing material genetics in cells to treat a disease.

"I think the Telethon is a wonderful party and it allows to show an image of the disability that is often sad, finally, but that shows the reality of things. Then there is research. Me, it puts a boost of hope, because it always allows me, every morning, to tell me: ah! Maybe one day some no longer will have those problems that I had and it will simplify our life, "said Jacques, a high school student with the Duchenne myopathy, at the microphone of Laurence Theault , the Sciences Service RFI.

For Jacques, this colossal charity event, in addition to harvesting donations for research, is a way to make known the French disability in general : "Many French people do not know the disability, in fact ... and for them It's always a fatality. So that this great event can change the mentalities and show people that the disease is not inevitable. And that precisely, using Telethon, it also allows you to put hope in all young myopaths. That's ... and I think it's beautiful ".

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