Huma Charity Challenge and former Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, have teamed up to raise funds and awareness of domestic violence in Australia, by launching a classic outback challenge on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory.
Departing Alice Springs on 4 August, the six-day trek will see participants raise funds for the Luke Batty Foundation and support Rosie’s efforts to give a voice to victims of domestic violence.
“Since her son Luke’s tragic death, Rosie has singlehandedly pushed the issue of domestic violence into the minds and conscience of all Australians, prompting change at both state and federal government level, and her activism and strength has become the source of inspiration and hope for so many people,” Huma Charity Challenge manager Fiona Windon says.
The iconic Larapinta Trail is one of the seven Great Walks of Australia and is now noted as one of the top 10 walks in the world.
Participants will trek between six and 16 kilometres each day along some of the most spectacular of the Larapinta, including Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, and Mount Sonder.
As part of this deeply moving and spiritual walk, trekkers will visit Aboriginal communities and hear how family violence impacts their life.
Each night, accommodation will be provided in exclusive and comfortable semi-permanent camp sites, where trekkers will have access to great food, heated lounge and dining facilities, hot showers, eco-toilets, solar lighting and other sustainable facilities.
“Being able to walk with Rosie Batty on the Larapinta trail in our vast red centre is bound to be a physical, emotional and spiritual journey, and participating in the fundraising component of the challenge is a tangible way to make a real difference for victims of domestic violence.”