Kenneth (Ken) Gibbons

Founder of Telethon Community Cinemas

2022 WA Local Hero Nominee

For 20 years, Kenneth (Ken) Gibbons and Telethon Community Cinemas have delivered a unique cinema-going experience while also raising money for children’s charities. His initiative has been supported by many sponsors and 700-plus volunteers who’ve dedicated their time to helping the cause.

Growing up with a stutter and experiencing bullying at school ignited in Ken a passion to help children living with disability. He first established Movies by Burswood before rebranding to Telethon Community Cinemas. The updated name reflects the ongoing patronage of Western Australia’s biggest children’s charity fundraising event.

Over the years, the cinema has raised more than $10.3 million for over 60 children’s charities and community groups. Despite the impact on screenings in 2020 due to COVID-19, the organisation still raised $673,568 for major charities including Cahoots, HorsePower Australia, Rebound WA and bushfire relief.

Through his work, Ken continues to put the wants and needs of the community first while bringing back the magic of the movie-going experience.