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September 13, 2016  |  Members Statement

Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre

I quote from the website of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre regarding the Wellness Walk and Research Run:

What a wonderful day it was for the Wellness Walk and Research Run 2016!

Held in the beautiful grounds of La Trobe University, the day was filled with an amazing community spirit, sunshine, and with the incredible support from you, Olivia Newton-John, Bindi Irwin and Steve Moneghetti, together we raised over $200 000 to help people live better with cancer and defeat it.

In a thank you message on the website, centre patron, Olivia Newton-John, says:

Yesterday was a very special day. I walked with over 1000 people around the grounds of the beautiful La Trobe University to raise money for my ONJ Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

We raised over $200 000 and I am so grateful to everyone who took their Sunday to join us to run towards the cure and walk to wellness! A special thanks to four-time Olympian Steve Moneghetti who led over 300 runners for the first-ever research run, and to Bindi Irwin from Australia Zoo for giving their time to help my centre.

The people who shared their stories with me on the walk touched my heart forever. Thank you. I believe we will see an end to cancer in my lifetime!

With love and gratitude, Olivia

Former Premiers Ted Baillieu and John Brumby in particular have been great advocates and supporters in a bipartisan way to ensure the funding to build and work with our community partners for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at Austin Health. Other funds from that project have been able to rebuild the emergency department at Austin Health, which is now being completed. I think continuing to work together with many families, our great research partners at La Trobe University and Ivanhoe traders, we will continue to fight cancer.