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Meet Ollie: the 'Face Of' our Gold Appeal

9 May 2018

Meet Ollie, the 'Face Of' this year's Gold Appeal. He's a funny, happy nine-year-old boy and looking at his infectious grin, you wouldn’t believe he’s had 28 operations in his short life - the first at only two days old. 

Ollie has VACTERL association, a rare condition that affects his bowel, heart, kidneys, limbs and spine.

He has received care from so many different specialist teams within Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick – he really does represent all the 69,000 children cared for by the Hospital each year.

Ollie was also born with a club foot and was missing several small bones in his ankle. Unfortunatey amputation and a prosthetic leg was the only way to give Ollie a life of full mobility. But that hasn’t stopped him.

Ollie loves soccer, has taken up cricket and is fast becoming a swimming superstar and now he’s ready to be our Gold Appeal ‘Face Of’.

Read Ollie's story

If you would like to fundraise, donate or get involved in the Gold Appeal or Telethon please visit www.goldappeal.org.au or phone 1800 244 537.