2015 telethon begins Friday evening

The 2015 telethon begins its 27-hour run Friday.

The Club Activo 20-30 Internacional de San José seeks to raise about $1.35 million for four of the nation’s hospitals.

The annual event takes place at the Ciudad Deportiva in Hatillo 2, but the entertainment and personal stories are broadcast all over the country.

Those seeking to help have been collecting money in public places for at least two weeks.

The slogan for the telethon is “open your heart,” Abre tu corazón in Spanish. Organizers promise personal stories by those who have been helped by the donations that will leave imprints on viewers hearts.

Performers compete to be part of the program. The Teletón 2015 Web page is HERE! and donations can be made by bank deposit.

This year there are mini-telethons planned in various communities with local performers and the goal of collecting funds.

The proceeds will purchase portable x-ray equipment for the Hospital Nacional de Niños and devices to move children safely and comfortably at Hospital de Ciudad Neily and the Hospital Tomas Casas in Ciudad Cortes. Money also will go for medical care in San Ramón, organizers said.

For the first time Fuerza Pública officers will be participating, and collections will be made at the various police stations, said the agency.

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