Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Hi, I am Isadora Lauritz and I held a gig alongside my brother Miro and dear friend Yasin Leflef, with all our proceeds going to Waltja. I’m a musician in Melbourne, Victoria and when I was offered to perform I couldn’t ignore the incredibly heavy history behind this particular date. I thought about how I could turn the evening into a positive and really wanted to show solidarity and support for our Indigenous communities and First Nations People.

I decided to donate all the proceeds from the gig to an organisation that was giving directly back to our Indigenous communities. I heard of Waltja through a family friend and knew immediately that I wanted to support them. I could tell from the get-go that Waltja is a very genuine organisation and directly supports its community and people. I really admire that there is such an extensive range of projects and services providing support for people in lots of different circumstances. This means there is something there to benefit everyone in one way or another. I also love that Waltja is run by a team of senior traditional Aboriginal women and that Waltja constantly involves members of the Indigenous community and projects where youth can get involved and learn. The support we received from Waltja and Jane Clark for this gig was incredible. The whole time I felt greatly honoured and excited to be supporting such an awesome organisation.

The night started with a beautiful 45-minute set by Yasin, where he performed originals and a few covers with guitar, piano and vocals. My brother Miro and I followed with another set using vibraphone, percussion and vocals. I think the night was really successful and I know everyone who came along to listen was excited to be supporting Waltja. I love the work Waltja and it’s team do and really want to continue supporting them into the future. Thank you for being so supportive of our small contribution Waltja! I hope we can continue to support you in the superb work you do. A thousand thank yous, Isadora Lauritz.