Barwon Timber is supporting the Larapinta Extreme Walk. 50 walkers, including our friend and Geelong resident Stephanie Bone, are taking on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory – 223 kilometres in 11 days from Mt Sonder to Alice Springs. They’re raising money for the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council.
The NPY Women’s Council was formed in 1980 by Aboriginal women of the NPY lands, giving a voice to Anangu and Yarnangu women and their families. The NPY lands cover 350,000 sq km of WA, SA and the NT and include 26 desert communities throughout. At its core, NPY Women’s Council is all about family and community, addressing issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, child protection, policing, and the needs and aspirations of young people.
The goal of the Larapinta Extreme Walk is to raise $50,000 for the NPY Women’s Council to hold their major annual event. At their annual Law and Culture Meeting the Women’s Council bring together the women of the 26 remote communities to: exchange traditional knowledge; celebrate women’s law through dance and ceremonial cycles; promote the valued status of senior Aboriginal women from the regions’ communities; strengthen the connection of younger women to their heritage and cultural practices; and reunite families and friends from across the wide reaching NPY communities, sharing in rituals of celebration, reconciliation and grief that they are not able to share through the year due to the vast distances normally separating them.
You can find out more about the Larapinta Extreme Walk and sponsor Stephanie and the team at their website: www.larapintawalk.com
*images provided by Larapinta Extreme Walk