|Thirty Aussies are lacing up their running shoes and heading to New York City this November to participate in the most iconic marathon in the world. They have been inspired to run for those who can’t. The team is aiming to raise $200,000 to assist Touched by Olivia grow the “handprint” of inclusion across more communities in Australia. On Saturday night, over 100 people joined the team at Copo Diner in Drummoyne to raise $11,000 towards the $200k goal.
The charity behind this team is Touched by Olivia, who is working towards a world that is inclusive. Touched by Olivia’s core work is co-creating inclusive playspaces with communities, corporations and government known as Livvi’s Place. 19 playspaces have been completed to date, with many more in development across Australia.
The majority of the 30 runners are new to running and have been inspired to start big and enter the NYC marathon to help give children the right to play. “I would do anything to support Touched by Olivia. Running 42.2kms, as painful as it will be, is nothing compared to the positive impact that inclusion brings,” says Gladys Mallqui from Veeva Property Group, who lead the organising committee for the night and will be swapping her heels
Justine Perkins is the founder of Touched by Olivia and has built this run for play team to spread news of the benefits of inclusive play. “Olivia’s legacy is to help children become healthier and happier. Children who can play with their family and friends and be included in society. Imagine a world where everyone belongs and has a place to play. That’s when our work will be done.”
You can support the team by clicking here: everydayhero.com.au