|Yes, it's the Telethon for the Terminally Knackered!
"We're up all-night for those who are up all-night!"
|The first telethon for the Terminally Knackered, took place in 1949. It was actually a radio-thon which was simulcast on the new fledgling medium of television.|
|Fundraising efforts during the early years of the telethon were marred by a rather unfortunate choice of slogan:|
|But undaunted, the "Yawn till Dawn" kept on broadcasting, and after some re-structuring (and a change of slogans), the 'Telethon for the Terminally Knackered' became the most slept-through fundraiser on television for people with chronic fatigue.|
|"Give us your poor, tired, huddled Spondys, yearning to sleep through the night ..."|
|Since 1971, the telethon has been supported by the Marie Strumpell Charitable Foundation.|