GABRIELLE’S MESSAGE

2014

Seven year old Gabrielle Perkins is Olivia’s younger sister. She never got to meet her sister, but her bond with her is great. This is what she wanted to say, unedited and how she wanted you to read it:

My name is Gabrielle Perkins and I am going to tell you about Touched by Olivia. It’s a story about a little girl dies 8 months after she was born from a disease lymphangioma. She was my sister. And if she was still alive there would be five siblings in my family. I have three brothers. One is called Isaac ones called Will and ones called Henry. They remind me of the stuff that Olivia would do with me. She would play games.

Touched by Olivia is a charity for people with disabilities. We make playgrounds so people with disabilities can still play games. I think that Touched by Olivia should make playgrounds all around the world so we can show people that we want people with disabilities to live a proper life. If my sister was still alive she would have had a disability she would have to go hospital a lot.

Touched by Olivia Foundation honours Olivia’s memory by creating a legacy that will change people’s lives forever. In her short life, Olivia touched many hearts. It is John and Justine’s hope that Olivia will continue to touch many more lives through the work undertaken by the charity.

The current logo has a simplified font, and includes Olivia’s actual handprints, joined together to form a perfectly imperfect shaped butterfly. Olivia’s hands were not the same – her left hand is malformed as it was her left side that was affected by her disease and highlights the beauty of difference. The butterfly is symbolic of new life. The entire logo is pictured within the shape of an “O”, for Olivia. Pink is the staple colour of the logo forever reminding us of the little baby girl who touched our hearts.​

#RAOK

Random Act of Kindness

Launched in 2017, every 20 November is TBO’s RAOK day.
We’d love for you to spread the message and share your random acts of kindness with us by tagging #RAOK.

Random Act of Kindness
Launched in 2017, every 20 November is TBO’s RAOK day.
We’d love for you to spread the message and share your random acts of kindness with us by tagging #RAOK.

What is a random act of kindness? A random act of kindness is a non premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982.

Random Act of Kindness

Launched in 2017, every 20 November is TBO’s RAOK day.
We’d love for you to spread the message and share your random acts of kindness with us by tagging #RAOK.

What is a random act of kindness? 

A random act of kindness is a non premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982.

2017

For our 2017 release of kindness we gifted one of our much loved families a trip to Disneyland!

2018

For our 2018 Random Act of Kindness, Touched by Olivia has decided to donate to Mia’s Little Leg Big Adventure. Mia is a beautiful 4 year old girl, diagnosed with PFFD (Proximal femoral focal deficiency). Mia and her family will be travelling to the States for life changing surgery on Mia’s left leg scheduled mid January. We are so thankful to Mia’s mother, Leila Bright, who was instrumental in helping us create Livvi’s Place, Wagga, which opened in August 2018, and have decided to help spread the love by contributing to Mia’s Disneyland trip before the big day.

To read more about Mia’s Little Leg Big Adventure, go to:
https://au.gofundme.com/miasbigadventure
Facebook- @miaslittlelegbigadventure

We also created a kindness calendar for the month of December, to share the holiday spirit!

VASCULAR BIRTHMARKS

​2009, TBOF launched the Touched by Olivia Vascular Birthmarks Clinical and Research Fellowship through Sydney Children’s Hospital. Through this Fellowship, Touched by Olivia is committed to funding 2 key dedicated experts for 3 years, including a paediatric dermatologist and researcher. This Fellowship aims to position the Hospital as a global centre of excellence in Vascular Birthmarks by publishing up to date information and connecting families whose children suffer from a vascular anomaly. With a commitment by the Foundation of more than $700,000 over the past 4 years, this Fellowship will most definitely help save lives.

Why is this Fellowship important? Vascular Birthmarks represent a group of diseases that, sadly and for reasons unknown, seem to be affecting more children each year. Until recent years there has been limited research into Vascular Birthmarks, which vary from the more common lesions such as infantile haemangiomas (the common birthmark) affecting 1 in 10 children, to some of the rarest such as lymphangiomas, which can be life threatening to infants if located near a vital structure such as the airway. In Olivia’s case, the lymphangioma proved fatal.

AWARDS

It’s a great honour for our teams to be recognised for their amazing work. Below are some of the awards we have received with gratitude.

  • Sustainability Awards 2021 – Resilient Community Award City Of Canada Bay
  • Justine Perkins, 100 Women of Influence 2015
  • National Disability Awards Inclusive and Accessible Communities 2014
  • Parks and Leisure Best Playspace Victoria 2014
  • Sydney Greenspace Award 2013
  • Premiers People’s Choice Award for Landscape Architecture 2013
  • Article 31 – Promotion of play in community 2013
  • NSW Volunteer team of the Year 2012
  • World Leisure Organisation – International Innovation Award 2011
  • Vodafone World of Difference Program Sponsorship 2011
  • IPWEA Award for Best Community Facility, 2010
  • Best Playspace in Australia 2010, Parks and Leisure Australia
  • John Perkins, Father of the Year Inner West 2009
  • Community Contribution Inner West Business Awards 2008
  • Justine Perkins, Inner West Citizen of The Year 2008

IN THE MEDIA