Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'


It gets cold in the desert

When you think of central Australia, hot dry desert comes to mind.  But winter in the desert is anything but hot.  Nights drop below zero and the orange sands turn white with frost.

Because of the cold, every winter there are elderly or vulnerable people who don’t survive.

But not this year, not on our watch!

We had put aside extra money and provisions for a “rainy day” and then, lo and behold, it literally rained.

Over summer, Central Australia saw one-in-50-year flooding.  We had as much rain in thow and half weeks that we would normally have across the whole year.

Roads were cut and many poeple who had been travelling to town for shopping or to visit family were stranded with nothing but the clothes on their back.

So we did what anyone would do – we cracked open our supplies put aside for winter and help the many women and children, and elderly, who’d become trapped and homeless by the flooding.

How The Funds Will Be Used

This is where you can help.

We’ve ordered a shipping container with 3,000 large, warm, soft blankets for children, families, the elderly and frail to keep them warm this winter.

In the Central Desert communities, people don’t sleep on their own – they share.  So, we’ve ordered blankets big enough for mothers and children to wrap up together, cosy enough for an elderly couple to share, and sturdy enough to give a corner to your faithful dog on a cold night.

Good-sized blankets – to share the warmth.

The Challenges

Now we have to pay for them!

We can’t just pop to the shop.

We need to ship, freight, and distribute these 3,000 blankets to Australia, truck them down from Darwin to Alice Springs, and then drive them in 4WD vehicles to the 30+ Central Desert communities spread across 900,000 square kilometres

The cost to do this, including all fees, works out at $25 each for each blanket.

Our goal is to sponsor all 3,000 blankets before the end of winter, but to do this we need to raise $75,000 in total.

We’d love $75,000 but  will start with $25,000 or 1,000 blankets.

Can you sponsor a blanket or two, or three or … ?