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Teletón is a charity event held in Chile on a yearly basis since 1978. It is usually held during the first week of December, unless a political election occurs at the same time. The major Chilean television networks hold a 27-hour transmission, to raise funds to help children with developmental disabilities (most commonly cerebral palsy) treated at Instituto de Rehabilitación Infantil ("Infant Rehabilitation Institute") centers of the Fundación Teletón.
Since the first telethon, over US$286 million has been raised, and 13 rehabilitation centers have been built in the cities of Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Calama, Copiapó, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Santiago, Talca, Concepción, Temuco, Puerto Montt and Coyhaique. Currently, one new center for the city of Valdivia is under construction.
During the annual event, local and worldwide stars participate in live events across the country. Teletón has been hosted by television personality Mario Kreutzberger, best known by his stage name Don Francisco, since the first event, aired in 1978. Each year, a poster child is elected to become the face of the charity.
With the exception of the initial Teletón in 1978, each year's goal is set to be exactly the total amount raised in the previous event, in the spirit of increasing the funds available to the Foundation to account for increased inflation and overall maintenance costs. Up until now, the goal has been reached and surpassed on all Teletón versions with the exception of 1995's, were the final account was roughly 12% short of that year's goal.
In Chile, the transmission of Teletón is an event of national unity and, proportionately, the most widely watched telethon in the world.
|1978||December 8-9||Let's make the miracle happen (Logremos el milagro)||Jane Hermosilla||CL$30,790,000||CL$84,361,838||173.99||US$5,421,619|
|1979||November 30 - December 1||Let's repeat the Incredible (Repitamos lo increíble)||Valeria Arias||CL$84 361 838||CL$138,728,450||64.44||US$6,464,132|
|1980||December 5-6||Standing for hope (De pie la esperanza)||José Morales||CL$138,728,450||CL$176,420,628||27.17||US$ 6,245,644|
|1981||December 11-12||Together, everything is possible (Juntos, todo es posible)||Ana María Cortés||CL$176,420,628||CL$202,436,220||14.75||US$6,451,607|
|1982||December 10-11||The last step, the most important (El último paso, el más importante)||Francisco Muñoz||CL$202,436,220||CL$263,402,022||30.12||US$6,997,535|
|1985||December 6-7||Everybody's miracle (El milagro de todos)||Víctor Muñoz||CL$263,402,022||CL$368,495,845||39.90||US$5,118,424|
|1987||December 4-5||To believe in life (Para creer en la vida)||Víctor Torres||CL$368,495,845||CL$502,293,311||36.31||US$4,849,540|
|1988||December 2-3||It's everyone's task (Es tarea de todos)||Rodrigo Cáceres||CL$502,293,311||CL$711,712,019||41.69||US$6,193,670|
|1990||December 7-8||Nobody can miss (Nadie puede faltar)||Daniela Muñoz||CL$711,712,019||CL$1,153,291,010||62.04||US$6,404,372|
|1991||November 29-30||Thanks to you (Gracias a usted)||Ángela Castro||CL$1,153,291,010||CL$1,803,923,485||56.42||US$8,501,810|
|1992||November 27-28||There is so much to do (Hay tanto por hacer)||Nicolás Sánchez||CL$1,803,923,485||CL$2,874,230,697||59.33||US$11,882,333|
|1994||December 2-3||The commitment of Chile (El compromiso de Chile)||Loreto Manzanero||CL$2,874,230,697||CL$3,640,286,169||26.65||US$12,333,809|
|1995||December 1-2||Our great work (Nuestra gran obra)||Marcel Cáceres||CL$6,277,027,832||CL$5,534,774,829||-11.82||US$17,332,596|
|1996||December 6-7||Another step forward (Otro paso adelante)||Nicole Núñez||CL$5,534,774,829||CL$5,692,426,301||2.85||US$16,730,177|
|1998||December 4-5||We're all in (Todos contamos)||Scarlett Barrientos||CL$5,692,426,301||CL$6,029,912,577||5.93||US$15,990,236|
|2000||December 1-2||A challenge for the Chileans (Un desafío para los chilenos)||Ignacio Soto||CL$6,029,912,577||CL$6,772,445,028||12.31||US$16,727,665|
|2002||November 29-30||Teletón is yours (La Teletón es tuya)||Kimberly Cruz||CL$10,000,000,000||CL$10,532,480,521||5.32||US$24,513,946|
|2003||November 21-22||Remember, it's yours! (Acuérdate, es tuya!)||Camilo Valverde||CL$10,532,480,521||CL$10,600,000,000||0.64||US$24,438,268|
|2004||December 3-4||They depend on you (Ellos dependen de ti)||Catalina Paillamilla||CL$10,600,000,000||CL$11,403,914,256||7.58||US$25,655,022|
|2006||December 1-2||With all our heart (Con todo el corazón)||Kelly Rodríguez||CL$11,403,914,256||CL$11,804,425,008||3.51||US$25,094,611|
|2007||November 30 - December 1||You are in each step (En cada paso estás Tú)||Matías Calderón||CL$11,804,425,008||CL$13,255,231,970||12.29||US$26,228,248|
|2008||November 28-29||Thanks to you, we can keep going (Gracias a ti, podemos seguir)||Catalina Aranda||CL$13,255,231,970||CL$16,589,850,127||25.16||US$32,826,487|
|2010||December 3-4||Chile, one heart (Chile, un solo corazón)||Cristóbal Galleguillos||CL$16,589,850,127||CL$18,890,559,347||13.87||US$39,205,104|
|2011||December 2-3||With the strength of heart (Con la fuerza del corazón)||Isidora Guzmán||CL$18,890,559,347||CL$21,735,065,277||15.06||US$42,308,343|
|2012||November 30 - December 1||Fully heart (Puro corazón)||Sebastián Montalván||CL$21,735,065,277||CL$25,445,520,245||17.07||US$53,017,023|
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