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Blankets Urgently Needed in Central Australian Communities

Yesterday I made a donation to Waltja. They are raising money to purchase blankets for people in Central Australia. Donation platforms to assist people in dire need should not need to exist in Australia in 2017. Especially if the cause is a flood. Please support this cause.


Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation (Waltja) is a community-based organisation. They are an independent organisation and receive funds from the Commonwealth and State and Territory Departments.

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi is in the Luritja language. It literally means “families, for everybody, really good together”, or the short version, “doing good work with families”.

Waltja works with Aboriginal families in remote Central Australian Communities. They service 900,000 kilometres squared. To put this into perspective, the Prime Minister’s electorate of Wentworth can fit into this area 23,684 times. Waljta services an area approximately as big as the O’Connor electorate – the third largest electorate in Australia.

They coordinate a range of projects: Aged Care and Disability, Caring for Elders, Disability Bush Service, Emergency Relief Fund for Vulnerable Groups, Family Mental Health, Kapaliku ngurra yirritinguru – A Community Based Arts Project, Money Management Information, Tjutangku Tjukurrpa – Social Enterprise and Reconnect Youth Support Program.

Traditional Aboriginal Women work across various remote communities and they work across nine languages. In 2014, they received the award for “the best-governed Indigenous organisation in Australia.”

Today, they need your help.

Waltja Warm Blankets – The Donation Plea

They have a Pozible project to share the story of Central Australians affected and to attract donations. A once in 50-year flood has wiped out the supply of warm blankets. Temperatures can plunge to below freezing in this area of Australia.

It gets cold in the desert

This excerpt from their Pozible Donations page explains further:

When you think of Central Australia you probably think of a hot dry desert.

But come winter, the desert is anything but hot. Nights drop below zero and the orange sands turn white with frost. Because of the cold, each year there are elderly or vulnerable people who don’t survive.

But not this year, not on our watch!

Waltja always puts extra money and supplies aside to be ready for the winter months, but to at the start of the year, Central Australia experienced a one-in-50-year flooding. We had as much rain in two and half weeks than we would normally have across the whole year.

Roads were cut and many people who had been travelling to town for shopping or visiting 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 to help the many women and children, and elderly, who’d become trapped and homeless by the flooding.

Click Here to Share the Warmth this Winter

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Share the Warmth this Winter by Waltja

When you think of Central Australia you probably think of a hot dry desert. But come winter, the desert is anything but hot. Nights drop below zero and the orange sands turn white with frost. Because of the cold, each year there are elderly or vulnerable people who don’t survive.

Waltja needs to raise $75,000 dollars for 3000 blankets including transport. To date, they have only raised $16,154.00

Demand Better!

After you donate, please write to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion and cc the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Mr Bill Shorten. Please enquire why, after a natural disaster, a pledge campaign is necessary to raise funds for blankets. Please ask why the funds are not readily available from the Government. Also, insist upon immediate action.

I just did.

In 2017, the right to keep warm is a basic right. This is simply not good enough.

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  1. helvityni

    Not so long ago Howard sent an army to Aboriginal settlements to deal with alcoholism and child abuse, rather drastic measures methinks…

    Maybe Turnbull can do it a bit better and send truckloads of blankets where they are needed most.

    Start with a place called Utopia.

  2. longwhitekid

    Done, and wrote a letter also. Indigenous peoples continue to be treated like garbage by this government. I despair.

  3. Trish Corry

    Thank you for writing a letter. Agree, this is not acceptable.

  4. abbienoiraude

    Thank you for writing about the needs of our First People’s Nation.
    Your comment Trish about the needs of our citizens should be, must be provided by Governments.
    The ideology of the Neoliberals declares that Government should be small as possible and keep out of people’s lives, hence philanthropy and charity is for the ‘People’ to organise.
    This Government is failing in its duty of care, as well as its purpose in operating ie Services to the citizenry and support where it is needed.
    It shames me to be Australian when we treat those most vulnerable like they are not worth Government assistant, but can find funding for fossil fuels to the amount of $13 billion a year in subsidies.

    (Needless to say I contribute the best I can by sending children’s clothes and footwear to a School near Alice Springs NT.)

  5. helvityni

    This government relies on the numerous charity organisations to take over looking after the most vulnerable. I see it as the government’s duty: the charities are there to give something extra, not the basics.

    Charities can provide for unexpected disasters, bush fires , wars and famine…

  6. Matters Not

    While we should go with the odd Band-Aid or two, we need to get serious about much more significant problems.

    Being a young mum, I don’t want my kids growing up in violence,” she says.

    “I’ve experienced it myself and witnessed it, and seen a lot of our female members losing their young lives. Kids are wondering what happened to their mums.”

    … Broken ribs, broken bones, broken legs, broken arms. We’ve had women who’ve had to have spleens removed from being kicked in the spleen and splitting them, the injuries are horrible,” Ms Gipey says.

    “It’s what you expect to see in a war zone when you come down to the shelter because the injuries are horrific.

    And they are. So we sit back and do absolutely nothing? Leave it to the Elders? Look the other way? Theorise about ‘rights’?

    Perhaps I should add, that these are the types of women who endorse the Cashless Welfare Card. For them it’s empowering. Could even buy blankets?

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