Our Hero Olivia Shakes It Up for Parkinson’s to Support her Grandad

What a little champion our hero is this week.  Not only is she 9 years old but managed to raise over $1800 for Parkinson’s research.

Olivia’s Grandad lives with Parkinson’s and she wanted to do something to help him.  She initially setup a  fundraising page and asked friends and family to support her. She then approached her school about having a casual dress day for a gold coin donation. 

The school dressed in orange for the day and Olivia spoke at the school assembly and wrote an article for her school newsletter.

Our Ambassador, channel 7’s Liz Cantor was so impressed when she heard about Olivia’s efforts that she recorded a special video message for the her school assembly.

What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?

My grandad has Parkinson’s Disease.  He is only 68 years old and is too sick to live with my grandma anymore. It breaks my heart to see him like this.  I want to help to find a cure not only for my Grandad, but also for other people who are suffering with this disease too.

Olivia with her Grandad

Why Shake It Up Australia?

My Mum told me that Shake It Up is raising money to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease and that the person who started it has Parkinson’s Disease.

Tell us what you are doing/did to Shake Things Up?

I asked my school if I could arrange a free dress day to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease.  My school said yes, so on the last day of last term, all the children wore a splash of orange and brought a gold coin donation to give to Shake It Up.  I chose orange because it is one of Shake It Up’s colours.  I also handed out Shake It Up stickers and got to speak on assembly and write in the school newsletter about the cause.  My school raised $861 for Parkinson’s Disease.  My Mum also helped me set up a Go Fund Me Page and my family and friends donated $1,000 as well.

Greatest Reward

My greatest reward is knowing that I made a difference and I am happy that my school and my family and friends supported me.

Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?

My best advice for people is to get involved and do something because we can all make a difference.

There are so many ways you can get involved and make a difference.   Host your own event, fundraise in an athletic event or make a donation.   We need your help, together we can make a difference to over 80,000 Aussies living with Parkinson’s.