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Thank you whatever your name is...


There's no doubt those who heard the catchy tune and lyrics to the pure genius 2013 Janeway Telethon's promotional music video has had it trapped in their heads ever since.

Do the lyrics “Please, whatever you name is. Donate some money, money, money, money,” ring and bells?

Or “Five dollars, five dollars, five dollars helps.”

Donate they did, and each of those ‘five dollars’ added up to another record year for the 29th Annual Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Telethon last weekend.

Individuals, businesses, groups, and organizations helped raise $2,973,875 at this year's telethon.

Pat yourselves on the back Newfoundland and Labrador because the Janeway is much more than just a hospital.

For families who may already be going through many stresses in their lives, the Janeway is a second home.

Its staff cares for children from all over Newfoundland and Labrador.

A sick or injured child is every parent's worst nightmare, by knowing their care is in the hands of the dedicated staff at the Janeway should, in some little way, make the situation easier.

The video (for those of you who haven't seen it, or aren't singing it in your head right now can be found at was hosted by comedian Jonny Harris.

He sat with students from Bishop Field School and Beachy Cove Elementary School in St. John’s (some of whom are featured on the video), and with their thoughts about the Janeway as lyrics, the song was written by Jody Richardson and Grant King.

The Janeway Foundation, in partnership with Wavelight Productions, released the video, which went viral, in mid-May.

The song is sung by many local musicians, who volunteered their time, including the Exploits Valley's own Meg Warren and Chris Kirby, Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta!, Geraldine Hollett and Phil Churchill from The Once, Andrew Dale, Janet Cull, Jerry Stamp, Steve Maloney, Amelia Curran, Sean Panting, Kelly-Ann Evans, Dana Parsons, Jonny Harris, Mick Davis, Colleen Power, Rebecca Cohoe, Jody Richardson, Grant King, Shelley Neville, Peter Halley, and Kalem Mahoney.

The children had their own examples of why they had to go to the Janeway, including being sick and having a ‘fat hand,’ or having a broken chin and getting it glued.

When asked by Harris during the interview, the children had some of their own ideas for raising funds for the Janeway, including setting up a lemonade stand (which reports say they did) and selling lemonade for $1, a bake sale, or selling masala chai tea.

They also had some examples of what can be done with the funds, including more surgeries, new chemicals to make ‘stuff for shots,’ ‘a couch or something to sit on,’ a trip to Florida, a mansion, Lego blocks, a rollercoaster, bouncy castle or a trampoline, or glow in the dark shoes. In the words of the children, and sung by local talent:

“Thank you, thank you doctors and nurses. And thank you for scientist, for making the equipment.”

Krysta Carroll

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