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Meet the people behind the popcorn: Telethon Community Cinemas

Way back in 2010, when Kleenheat first threw its support behind Telethon Community Cinemas, we quickly grew to appreciate the magic of warm Perth nights spent watching films under the stars.

Back then, moviegoing minds were blown by Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception, Pottermania continued with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and the young (or young at heart) lapped-up Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s newest antics in Toy Story 3.

Fast forward to today and blockbuster new release movies and all-time classics are still being enjoyed under the stars at WA’s family-friendly and affordable open air cinema experience.

The best bit? Each season of drama, action and comedy has been in support of worthwhile local charities – with the WA community so far raising more than $8.25 million for kids in need.

But choc-bombs and popcorn aside, it’s also worth taking time to consider those working hard behind the scenes to keep Telethon Community Cinemas humming – along with the local organisations putting fundraising to good use.

Outstanding performances in a supporting role

Each time local movie-lovers stroll into a Telethon Community Cinemas screening – every person ready and waiting to deliver them a positive movie experience is a volunteer.

Together, they form a 700-strong army of generous souls each donating their time and energy to keep popcorn boxes full, beanbags fluffed, and ensure guests can relax and enjoy their favourite movies under Perth’s night sky.

For Telethon Community Cinemas Friday Night Manager, Belinda – who oversees up to 30 volunteers at the Burswood location – donating her time is all about keeping her team’s energy levels up and encouraging volunteers to enjoy themselves as much as their guests. 

“I think what keeps me going is the number of patrons we see coming back week after week and year after year – and knowing they’re contributing towards the health and happiness of children in need,” Belinda said.

“I keep coming back every single season because I make a difference, and the staff who volunteer here make a difference.”

If you’re over 18 with a kind heart and sense of humour – why not join the Telethon Community Cinemas volunteer team, give a little something back to the community, and enjoy the sense of pride that comes with helping raise valuable funds for WA children’s charities.

Lights, cameras, positive action

Away from the starry nights and the bright silver screen, profits from Telethon Community Cinemas continue to make a tangible impact on the lives of young people across WA.

Each year, cinema experiences translate to valuable funding to worthwhile charities dedicated to helping ensure a brighter future for the next generation of moviegoers.

In 2019, Perth-based charity 12 Buckets became one of Telethon Community Cinemas’ newest beneficiaries – welcoming fresh funding to support programs equipping primary school students with the skills, support and connections to build a strong future.

Driven by an underlying philosophy that fullness in life comes when you pour yourself out for others, 12 Buckets works directly with young people in schools to identify opportunities to promote overall wellbeing


across themes of responsibility, community, mastery and generosity.

12 Buckets founder and board member, Travis Fitch, said while the organisation focuses on promoting personal growth and a sense of community within young people – the benefits of its programs also extend to those who volunteer their time as mentors.

“Someone who takes responsibility, who engages well in community, who is generous, and who has the opportunity to grow in practical ability – we see that as a whole person. It’s a unique focus we’re able to provide to schools”, Travis said.

“But it’s not just the kids who are receiving. When you’re contributing to someone’s life in such a fun and beautiful way and you’re seeing the impact – why wouldn’t you want to be involved in that? It’s good for us.”

As a self-funded charity without government support, 12 Buckets is powered by the community for the community – which extends to an ongoing need for volunteer mentors to support the organisations programs in schools across Perth.

For details on how you can help provide support in life and learning for young people, head to

Supporting the communities that support us

Over the years, thousands of our customers have also won their way to Telethon Community Cinemas as special thanks for choosing Kleenheat

As WA’s local energy provider, we’re committed to supporting the communities where we operate and helping local organisations and charities do great things across Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Our partnerships span grassroots initiatives through to state-wide programs, each focusing on making a difference in the community.

So as proud partners of Telethon Community Cinemas, we hope you enjoy your next open air movie experience in the knowledge you’re making a positive impact on the lives of young people in WA.


6 Responses to “Meet the people behind the popcorn: Telethon Community Cinemas

  1. February 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm
    Callan said:

    We go to the Murdoch telethon community movies weekly. The volunteers there are great always happy to help always friendly. There is one lady there her. name is JO she always goes above and beyond to make everyone welcome and make their experience fun. Thankyou fot making it a fun night

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      February 26, 2019 at 10:41 am
      Bhavna said:

      Hi Callan, so glad to hear of your support for the Telethon Community Cinemas. It’s truly the volunteers who make it such a special night, kudos to them!

  2. February 21, 2019 at 9:55 pm
    April Browning said:

    Wow, loved going to the outdoor cinema but love even more how these volunteers give up their time to make everything run so smoothly. Thank you Belinda and her amazing team of volunteers for making every experience at the cinemas a wonderful and memorable time. x April

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      February 26, 2019 at 10:42 am
      Bhavna said:

      Hi April, we agree, the volunteers are an inspiring lot! It wouldn’t be the same without them!

  3. February 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    Nicki McKenzie said:

    Absolutely love the opportunity to be a volunteer at the Telethon Community Cinemas. The volunteers are all great as are the wonderful patrons who support kids charities.

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      February 26, 2019 at 10:44 am
      Bhavna said:

      It would be wonderful to be a volunteer! It’s an all around great event, run by great people for a great cause!

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