In November 2006, John and Justine Perkins tragically lost their baby daughter Olivia, at just 8 months old, to a rare illness. Their life, as they knew it, came crashing down with the immense sadness and numerous other mixed emotions that followed. This most devastating time of John and Justine's life however has brought with it new meaning. A gift, if you like, with a message - a message to positively enhance the lives of children and their families in a significant way.
Founding the Touched by Olivia Foundation is a step towards realising the dream that will become Olivia's legacy. 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 Foundation
John and Justine's dream of spreading Olivia's touch is happening daily, with the creation of Australia's leading All Abilities playground, Livvi's Place, the establishment and ongoing funding of a research fellowship at Sydney Children's Hospital into lymphatic disease and the purchase of state of the art laser machines, and the creation and implementation of our indoor Livvi's Place at Macarthur Square in partnership with Good Beginnings.
Every day, John and Justine are overwhelmed with the support they receive and words of thanks from parents utilising the programs that the Foundation are running. This blog is a home to share Olivia's touch with the world.