Hello fungi family – all of you who have been part of the walks over the last three years,
I hope you are all doing well. We’ve been working on bringing together the 2014 Walkatjurra Walkabout which begins on 23rd of April. The bus is full, more registrations are coming in every week and things are looking positive for another amazing experience for all, walking through Wangatja Country under the wide open blue sky.
There is one concern for us, and we were hoping you may be able to help. We have received less donations than usual this year, and the budget is looking a little tight. Aside from the usual costs of covering the bus’s registration and insurance, repairing or replacing broken and worn equipment, and supporting the rangers to take part, we are also hoping to have the kitchen truck set up with solar panels. We have been very blessed with generous financial support in previous years, and we are hoping that if we put word out through our networks, we will be able to cover all costs again this year.
You can help by sending a personal message to friends and family asking them to consider donating towards the walk. People listen and respond when someone they know asks them to support a cause. If you are passionate and committed to creating a nuclear free world, supporting opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to work together for positive change, promoting sustainability and growth in remote communities and protecting this special desert country from contamination, its likely those around you would be interested in supporting the Walkatjurra Walkabout too.
Donating towards the Walkatjurra Walkabout is just one way to support, and everyone you send a message to, speak to about the walk, or pass on the website to, grows awareness about the walk and what we are trying to achieve.
Below is a draft email you can use to send out asking people to consider donating towards the walk. Personalise it if you want, and feel free to use it via facebook, twitter or in good old fashioned conversations speaking to people in person.
Thank you all for your support over the years,
Walkatjurra Walkabout organising crew.
As you may know, I’ve been part of an annual event called the Walkatjurra Walkabout, a month long walk through Wangatja Country to share culture, connect to country, and listen to stories. This is a non-violent direct action that is a partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to share knowledge, culture and environmental awareness. It’s a campaign supporting the sovereign rights of Aboriginal people to protect their lands and support a nuclear free future. You can read about it here www.walkingforcountry.com
This year marks the third Walkatjurra Walkabout.Each year, the movement to create a nuclear free future in WA is stronger. Despite a pro-urnaium State government since 2008, we have been part of the resistence that has successfully stopped a single uranium mine from opening in Western Australia. With respect for Traditional Owners and an understanding of the responsibility we all share to care for country, we are putting words into action and stepping up to the challenge together.
– Setting up solar panels on the kitchen truck to create energy self-sufficiency. In the past, we have relied on walkers with solar equipped vehicles to provide a small, but necessary, power source
No donation is too small, everything is greatly appreciated.
Together, we are creating a nuclear free future together, by walking away from uranium mining and towards Aboriginal Sovereignty.