Everyone at the Festival experienced the generosity of the many sponsors, local businesses, staff and friends of Life Without Barriers and Waltja.

“Like Waltja, we put a call out before the festival for items that could become gifts and prizes. Around 60 cartons of goods arrived, with the three of the largest coming from our refugee and asylum seeker program, while others were decorated with messages of friendship from clients and staff across the country. These cartons were filled with perfumes, body lotions, scarves and hats, nail polish and purses, shampoos and soaps.

It was overwhelming,” said Rhoni Stokes, from LWBs Strategy and Engagement team. Maree Brindley, added, “our thanks go to the festival sponsors. Their generous donations combined to ensure Festival participants could benefit from transport, billies and pannikins, bedding, games, digging sticks, walking frames and wheelchairs.”

Loretta Perry, LWB Director of Values, said, “Learning more about Waltja was such a privilege and we also enjoyed meeting your Chair, April Martin and the Executive Directors and our people loved Sharijn and all want to work at Waltja! On behalf of everyone at LWB, we sincerely thank Waltja for including us in this year’s festival, so that we may also share what we learnt, which will also help us support the people we currently work with more effectively”.

Life Without Barriers is an Australian-wide, not for profit organisation that partners with people to change lives for the better. LWB provide support to people with disabilities, older people, to people who are homeless, have mental health issues or addictions, refugees and asylum seekers and we provide care for children and young people unable to live in their own homes.

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