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Babycinos boost charity
Leo Loppolo from Caffissimo, Osborne Park, ready for donations. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

More than 60 cafes across WA are whipping up babycinos for their pint-sized customers to raise money for Telethon.

Cafe franchise Caffissimo has signed up its 30 metropolitan stores and award-winning bakery Jean Pierre Sancho has all three of its central Perth shops in the campaign.

_The Weekend West _kick-started the movement when it encouraged cafe owners to start exchanging babycinos for a gold coin donation after it revealed some venues charged up to $3.50 for the novelty cuppa.

The idea came from a Sydney campaign called Free the Babycino, which raised about $8000 for a children's hospital last year.

Caffissimo franchise owner Wendy Barr said it was a small way for cafe owners across the State to participate in a worthy cause and help raise money for sick children.

"I only have praise for Telethon and what the people there do," she said.

"When I saw the article, we signed up immediately.

"It's nice to be able to help out in some way.

"When my grandkids come into the cafe, the first thing they ask for is a babycino - they love them.

"It's something special for the kids to enjoy and keeps them distracted long enough for mum to enjoy her coffee."

Collection tins will be placed at participating coffee shops this week.

This year's Telethon is on November 10 and 11 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.