Olivia's Walk for Wellness

Olivia’s Walk for Wellness 2023

Olivia’s Walk for Wellness 2023 took place on Sunday 8 October 2023 in Melbourne, Australia and multiple cities all over the world.

In September or October of each year the ONJCWRC organizes a Wellness Walk to raise funds for the centre. Over the past years it has become a very popular fundraising event for cancer treatment and research. The walk is held primarily in Melbourne, Australia. This is where the hospital and research centre of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre are located. In response to Olivia’s international appeal, which still holds strong even after her passing, more walks are now being organised by enthusiast supporters all over the world. They have held walks in European and North-American cities as well.

Ten Years

This year was a special Olivia’s Walk for Wellness since it was the tenth edition. If only Olivia would still be here to share in the celebrations.

Here’s a look at past editions of the Walk she lead together with her husband, John Easterling. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. During the Covid lockdown years of 2020 and 2021 no Walks were held but fundraising continued and many organised a walk in or around their own homes.

Ten Years Olivia’s Walk for Wellness

Melbourne

On 8 October 2023 Olivia ‘s Walk for Wellness was held for the second time without Olivia since her passing on 8 August 2022. The ONJ Centre has announced that “on Sunday at Olivia’s Walk for Wellness we had a total of 4,055 participants including 285 virtual walkers and 189 dogs!”

This year’s Walk was lead by Olivia’s husband, John Easterling, her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi and her niece, Tottie Goldsmith. Other family members were in attendance as well.

The event took place on a sunny Sunday morning in Melbourne where a large crowd of walkers and many dogs kept Olivia’s legacy alive by walking in Olivia’s favourite place in Melbourne, the Alexandra Gardens.

Olivia’s husband, John Easterling, said that the Walk’s mission is “part of Olivia’s legacy and her dream to see this happen, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger”.

All money raised by walkers and fundraisers will go towards the wellness programs of the ONJ Centre.

Penny Sanderson of the ONJ Centre stated: “To be able to have the funds to pay for oncology acupuncture, oncology massage, for free, these things were not available, it wasn’t happening in hospitals. But it is now, thanks to Olivia’s vision.”

Many hospitals all over the world now share Olivia’s vision that wellness is an integral part of healing cancer patients and have established their own wellness centres.

You can watch some highlights of the day in this video made by the ONJ Centre:

Highlights of the 2023 Olivia’s Walk for Wellness in Melbourne

Chloe, John, and Tottie

Olivia’s family members have been leading the Walk and will continue to do so in years to come. In the days leading up to the Walk and on the day itself some of Olivia’s family did interviews with several news outlets.

Tottie talks to Today on October 5
John, Chloe and Tottie leading the Wellness Walk

John and Chloe being interviewed for Sunrise on October 5

Chloe interviewed on the day of the Walk for Today

Team Grace Global Walkers in Melbourne

Two members of the international Team Grace Global Walkers made the trip from the US to Australia to attend the walk in Melbourne. Rick Bartolf’s photos tell the story of what a special day this was for him and his partner and everyone walking beside them. Thank you Rick for representing the team so well! All photos © 2023 Rick Bartolf and used with permission.

Antwerp – Team Grace Global Walkers

Team Grace Global Walkers organised their annual walk in Antwerp, but also had people walking in the USA and Canada and as mentioned above a special delegation in Melbourne. This year the members of Grace Global Walkers raised more than AUSD 30,000. That merits a big round of applause to all!

You can watch a video and photo impression of this year’s Walk in Antwerp below:

Video impression Olivia’s Walk for Wellness, Antwerp 8 October 2023

Photo gallery of Olivia’s Walk for Wellness, Antwerp 8 October 2023. © 2023 Dolfilms.

You can watch video impressions of previous Antwerp Walks on the Fundraising page.

See you next year at the 2024 edition of Olivia’s Walk for Wellness!