This year Waltja has connected with so many people on Social Media. We currently have nearly 6000 followers on Twitter, 2000 on Facebook and 250 on Instagram. We are mainly telling people stories about Waltja, hunting and good news about Community life. We have also been telling people about how cold it gets in winter. Followers have been sending in donations of clothing and money daily. Many knitting groups have got together and made beanies and baby wear.
Advance Archaeology in Petrie Queensland were inspired to collect 20 large boxes of donations and brought them to Waltja. Here is what they said on their blog:
“It’s with great pleasure to announce that our collection for the Waltja Aboriginal Corporation and the communities around Alice Springs has been sorted, boxed and sent, hurray! Our campaign was heavily supported by our daughters nursery, Goodstart Early Learning, who reached out to the parents and children to club together clothes and craft materials which will be greatly received. Two representative from Goodstart, Linda and Kate, will be joining Sherry on a trip over to meet the collection onsite and help distribute throughout the communities, so watch this space for an amazing update!”
We were also supported by Kwik Kopy, Brendale, who produced posters and fliers for the campaign which were distributed to the Goodstart nursery’s and the businesses of Petrie Old Town. Together we all managed to collect 20 large boxes of clothes, shoes and craft materials which were then vacuum packed in to 10 boxes to start their 2560km journey which has been facilitated by Pack and Send, Aspley, who gave us a generous discount on the transportation.
It has been inspiring to see how as a small community we have pulled together and unified to make a difference to another community who are not in as fortunate position as ourselves. It has been a particularly cold winter this year, however with your help its been made a little warmer for the children and adults of Alice Springs.