WHAT IS THE LARAPINTA EXTREME WALK?
The Extreme Walk is held yearly to raise funds to support the annual Law & Culture meeting to empower indigenous women in the remote NPY region of Australia and to fund other key initiatives for the NPYWC (The Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council).
The inspiring walk takes 11 days and finishes on National Sorry Day, on the 26th of May. Participants will camp at Redbank Gorge (Northern Territory, Australia) on the 15th of May before commencing the night hike on the 16th of May to view the sunrise from the summit of Mount Sonder.
WHY IS THE WALK IMPORTANT?
The Larapinta Extreme Walk supports the preservation of the Law & Culture meetings of NPYWC because of the integral role they play in indigenous culture. The walk will fund the meetings which allow women to pursue a part of life that is quite separate from that of their men, strengthening their ties with one another, their land and important sites.
Law and Culture Meetings are considered one of the most empowering, unifying and important aspects of these women’s lives and provide an opportunity to:
exchange of 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
In 2015, the walk's initial goal was to raise $50,000 so the women could hold their annual Law and Culture event. The new goal this year is $100,000!
B-Alternative has pledged an upfront amount to sponsor this amazing walk. To make up for this sponsorship fund, we are taking $3 from every sale of the BA glass cups. In essence, awesome people who are ditching the single-use takeaway coffee cups and buying our glass cups are also contributing funds to the Larapinta Extreme Walk! Awesome, right?
SUPPORT TEGAN CARTER
Alternatively, you can support our very own Tegan Carter who will participate in this 11-day Extreme Walk. She's an amazing woman with an ultra caring heart for animals and this planet. We are extremely proud of her for taking this journey and we wish her all the best! Donate to her here.
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” – Australian Aboriginal saying
For more information on the Larapinta Extreme Walk, visit their website.