Peru: Telethon raises record 10 million soles for San Juan de Dios Clinic

Telethon 2008 raised on Sunday a record 10 million soles for hundreds of children and adolescents being treated at the Hogar Clínica San Juan de Dios, a rehabilitation clinic for disabled patients of scarce economic resources.

Peruvian President Alan García, who hosted this traditional one-day fundraising event, announced at 1:00 am (6:00 GMT) that 9 million soles in cash and S/. 1 million in equipments and supplies have been collected for children at San Juan de Dios Clinic.

The Peruvian leader explained that Telethon organizers are still tallying the money raised from phone calls; therefore, it is expected that the total value of donations will surpass 10 million soles.

President García thanked famous artists, television channels, producer Ricardo Ghibellini and all Peruvians for their participation and support during this charity event held Sunday at the Government Palace in Peru’s capital Lima.

"This is a time for solidarity and for people to unite. What I wanted to do in this Telethon is to demonstrate that Peruvians can be united by setting aside political differences, disputes and grudges to think about human issues," Alan García said on early Monday.

On sunday, a great number of talented artists perfomed traditional Peruvian dances and songs during the Telethon fundraising event which was attended by hundreds of Peruvians.

Music artists performing at the event include Latin Grammy-winning pop singer Gian Marco Zignago, folk singer Dina Páucar, Cumbia band Grupo 5, and Latin American Idol finalist Sandra Muente.

New Source: Andina