Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Today, founders of Touched by Olivia Foundation announced the appointment of one of Australia’s most diverse performers and star of children’s television, Jay Laga’aia, as the ambassador for their children’s health promotion charity.

Justine and John Perkins, founders of the Touched by Olivia Foundation welcomed Laga’aia’s support for their initiative to help bring health and happiness to Australian children.

“Jay has been a tremendous supporter of Touched by Olivia and when we talked about who might be an appropriate ambassador for our organisation, we couldn’t think of anyone better,” said Mrs Perkins.

“As a Dad of 8 children and talented children's performer, performing on Playschool and Jay's Place, Jay’s passion for children and their wellbeing is a beautiful fit for Touched by Olivia. We’re delighted to have his support,” she said.

“Jay’s musical talent and love of children brings that something special to Touched by Olivia,’” Mrs Perkins said.

At a special presentation at Lucas Gardens School for children with special needs, Jay Laga’aia was honoured to have been appointed by the Foundation saying, “Touched by Olivia is doing wonderful work to help kids and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”

“I have this motto about ‘doing’ not ‘saying’ and that’s exactly what Touched by Olivia is all about. They make it happen,” Laga’aia said.

“As a family man, I’m proud to offer my full support because I know the work they are doing is having a significant impact on helping children and communities,” he said.

“I know that if any of my kids needed help, I would hope that someone would help them. Really, it doesn’t take much to make a difference in a child’s life, and I’m delighted to be part of such a worthwhile organisation,” Laga’aia said.

Principal of Lucas Gardens School Ann Roberts said, “Jay Laga'aia is a wonderful choice for ambassador - he is a natural for the job and has a great gift for relating to all children.”

“He had our children laughing and smiling all afternoon as he entertained them with stories, singing and playing his ukulele. It was a very special afternoon and felt like a really personal and intimate concert,” said Ann Roberts.

Laga’aia enjoyed spending time with the children from the school saying, “I’ve had some fabulous roles in my time but being Ambassador for such an inspiring organisation is one of the best role’s I’ve ever been cast in.”

Through three principle initiatives, the Touched by Olivia Foundation works with local councils and communities to build all ability playgrounds called Livvi’s Place and supports Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick by funding medical advancement through research and the purchase of much needed equipment.

Their third initiative is to partner with other children’s charities, such as Good Beginnings Australia, to produce and deliver parenting programs aimed at nurturing and improving the well-being of children and family life.

“By bringing Olivia’s Touch to others in need, we aim to create a positive change in the future of all our children,” Mrs Perkins said.

To make a donation to support the work of the Touched by Olivia Foundation, please go to:

All donations of $2 or more are gratefully received and fully tax deductible with 100% of every donation contributing to Touched by Olivia initiatives bringing health and happiness to Australian Children.

For more information or a photograph of Jay Laga’aia with children at Lucas Gardens Schools, please contact:

 Clare Collins
 Insight Communications
 Phone: 02 9319 3844 - Mobile: 0414 821 957
 Email: [email protected]

File Library


Touched by Olivia Foundation have announced the appointment of one of Australia’s most diverse performers and star of children’s television, Jay Laga’aia, as its ambassador.


More Formats

View QR Code