Welcome to the original Larapinta Extreme Walk website. An event created and run by Tony Messenger, who through his charitable efforts for the women of the NPY Women's Council was a 2016 Nominee for the “Australian of the Year” Award.
Our walk was described by the Indigenous Affairs Minister Honourable Nigel Scullion as an “innovate project” and unlike a number of other tour operators our treks were culturally sensitive, treks that raised funds to continue indigenous women's culture, treks that taught participants the importance of "country" as well as a raft of leadership, diversity, adaptability skills and treks that included special guests such as the traditional owners. Our work raised funds that went directly to an Aboriginal led and run organisation.
For more information about NPY Women's Council please visit the website
WHY A WALK?
WHERE FUNDS GO
The extreme walk was 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 NPY Women’s Council, “enabling the Indigenous women of today to protect the cultural heritage for the Indigenous women of tomorrow”
We wanted to support the continuation of the Law & Culture meetings because of the important role they play in indigenous culture.
We wanted to support the ongoing work of the NPYWC for the difference they are making in the lives of indigenous people in Australia.
Our initial goal was to raise $50,000 so the women could hold their annual Law and Culture event in 2015. Each year we exceeded that goal!!!
Law And Culture
Integral to the work of the NPY Women's Council is their Law and Culture meetings, allowing 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 and most importantly their Tjukurpa (Law).
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.