The Olivia Lambert Foundation is honoured to have Peter Overton, an extraordinarily popular and highly respected television journalist and Channel 9 Sydney’s 6 pm news reader as our Foundation Patron.
Peter’s understanding of the plight faced by families with children diagnosed with aggressive forms of cancer can be found in his words.......
“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as Patron of the Olivia Lambert Foundation. I first met little 4 year old Olivia in 2008 while recording the “Power of Love”, a 60 Minutes story dealing with the extraordinary emotional journey of parents whose children are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases, in this case neuroblastoma, a rare and very aggressive form of childhood cancer.
The courage and determination displayed by Olivia and her parents touched my heart and motivated me to follow Olivia’s valiant fight to beat this disease until her sad passing in August 2012.
In my contact with Olivia’s parents, I could see and feel their anguish; it was etched on their faces as they fought tenaciously to protect Olivia, to find a cure and to give her quality of life. But not so obvious was the financial burden of providing round- the- clock care for Olivia.
A parent’s loss of earnings and in many cases, the need to relocate overseas for potentially life-saving treatment for children with aggressive forms of cancers can be financially crippling. It is an added burden that no parents should be expected to carry. The foundation provided financial support for Olivia’s treatment and now stands ready to step in and lessen the financial burden faced by parents in similar situations.”
Getting to know our patron, Peter Overton
Peter Overton became the chief newsreader for Sydney’s 6pm edition of Nine News in January 2009 after spending eight years as a reporter for 60 Minutes. Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Peter spent 10 years with Nine News as a reporter and regular presenter.
Born in 1966 to Australian parents in England, Peter was two when his family returned home to Australia. He attended North Sydney Boys High School and completed a Bachelor of Economics degree at Macquarie University. His father, Dr John Overton was an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Sydney and worked at the Children's Hospital at Westmead
At university he received his first break in the media, gaining work experience at Sydney radio station 2UE in 1985, soon progressing to an on air role.
Peter continued this role until 1987 when he moved to Australia’s first satellite television channel, Sky Channel where he spent four years reporting and presenting.
In 1991, Peter joined Channel Nine in Sydney as a sports reporter for National Nine News. He co-anchored Channel Nine’s coverage of the Thredbo disaster from the Sydney studios with Tracy Grimshaw. He also anchored the major super league ARL court decisions.
While anchoring Nine News, Peter has seen the hotly contested 6pm news service rise to number one in Sydney, achieving that in 2011.
This was capped off by a TV Week Logie Award in 2012 for Most Outstanding news coverage for the Queensland floods — an award shared across TODAY, ACA and News.