Waltja

Cause Starting Date: November 25, 2017

Started By: Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

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Why do we need blankets?

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.

This is where you can help.

In the winter of 2017, with the help of crowd funding, we purchased a shipping container of large, warm, soft blankets for children, families, the elderly and frail to keep them warm this winter.

These are wool-mix blankets which won't burn if a spark from a fire lands on them, and will still keep people warm even when with the damp from frost or dew.

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.


We need your help to continue this important work.

Thanks to all who donated!