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Meet Ollie the face of the 2019 Good Friday Appeal

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The 2019 Good Friday Appeal was officially launched yesterday (Thursday 14 March) at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Meet Ollie the face of the 2019 Good Friday Appeal

The face of this year’s appeal is Ollie a four-year-old boy who is an orthopaedic patient at the hospital. 

If you saw little Ollie running around, you would think he was like any other four-year-old. He’s charismatic, full of life and will go exploring at any opportunity he gets. But Ollie faces challenges every day after having the lower part of his leg amputated in 2016.

At only six weeks post-surgery, Ollie was fitted with his first prosthetic leg – and he hasn’t looked back since.

Today Ollie loves riding his balance bike, watching Paw Patrol and playing with his little brother Ethan. But most of all Ollie loves his independence. Putting his leg on is now his responsibility and he's constantly finding creative ways to complete the task efficiently.

Ollie wants to be a CFA firefighter when he grows up, so Ollie was extremely excited to see CFA members in uniform at the launch, Andrew Davey from Narre Warren Brigade and Meg Le Miere, Pete Naismith and Nick Rischitelli from Berwick Brigade.

CFA has a long and passionate history with the Good Friday Appeal and is again excited to be a part of the 2019 Appeal. CFA members have raised over $32 million since 1951 and in 2018 was the largest contributor raising 10% ($1,677,628) of the overall funds raised.

Money raised from this year’s appeal will go towards research, equipment and technology, patient and family centred care and education and training to ensure treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital remains world class.

Brigades interested in raising money for the appeal can contact Felicity at the Good Friday Appeal on 9292 1653 or email felicity.regan@news.com.au