Fundación Teletón and Banco de Chile announced the total amount of the Telethon 2018 campaign, which was held from November 30 to December 1.
The solidarity crusade, which for 40 years allowed children and youth with special needs to attend to achieve integral rehabilitation and inclusion in society, exceeded the goal and its final collection reached 37,954,551,757 dollars.
This figure includes the collection of money in auxiliary boxes and mailbox boxes that were not counted at the end of the television program, in addition to the formalization of other dedicated contributions.
According to the figures, the contribution of the people is 74.4%, while those of the companies reached 25.6% of the collected revenues.
"We are grateful for the support during this 40-year solidarity campaign to make the needs of people with disabilities visible, and calls us to continue working for the next 40 years," said Mario Kreitsberger, the campaign's historic leader.
For his part, the Fundación Teletón CEO Ximena Casarejos noted that "Chile continues to react with pride and confidence in the call of Telethon. This year all exceeded our goal, which calls for us to continue the challenge of maintaining the quality of service and first-level rehabilitation. "
Collection through subsidiaries and auxiliary banks of the Bank of Chile – provided by Arica to Porto Williams – reached 48.2% of the total collected, while the contribution through remote channels – which includes the Internet, Mobile Bank, POS, Caja Chile and ATMs – is 17, 9%. While the auxiliary boxes and box mailbox add the remaining 7.9%.
Collection by regions
|Branch network and accessory boxes|
|Region||Collection ($)||% of total collected|
|RECEIVED BEFORE AND POST TICKET||1,229,553,416|
|TOTAL NETWORK OF OPEN AND ASSISTED DATA||18.307.134.295|
|TELEPHONES + MOBILE BANKING||1.608.449.055|
Eduardo Ebensserger, general manager of Banco de Chile, expressed his satisfaction over the target this year, highlighting the values that this great job has embedded in the Chileans: "Respect and welcome, let's not expect to receive and put our talents in the service to others, makes us really human. Thanks to Telethon, we see how these values reappear, because many times we leave them forgotten. "
Meanwhile, the contribution of remote channels – representing 17.9% of the collection – increased by 46.8% compared to the last Telethon, and during the hours of the highest flow of transactions. "Our digital platform has remained stable and fully operational, offering uninterrupted service over 27 hours to Telethon," the executive added.
Ebensperger also thanked more than 10,000 volunteers from Banco de Chile, who "donated time and effort to receive millions who once again showed their enormous generosity with this great solidarity crusade."