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I’m Julian, Indigenous Rights Campaigner at Amnesty International and I want to tell you about my own personal highlight of the year.
Over seven beautiful days and pink-skied nights I trekked the Larapinta Trail, “Tyerretye” and experienced our rugged Central Australian landscapes in a unique and intimate way. I met new, now lifelong friends. We encouraged each other up steep inclines and swum together in Ormiston waterhole. Sounds majestic, doesn’t it? It was. And we did it for human rights, because if there’s ever going to be a reason to do such a thing, why not make it something big?
On the trek I met wonderful individuals from right around Australia and New Zealand. On the final day I saw how these people had become a close-knit group of friends – doing it for human rights.
I want to personally invite you to break the mould in 2017, deepen your connection with the beautiful Australian outback, and make a genuine difference. Join us and ‘Hike the Homelands’ for human rights.
The power of the people
I have personally seen the power of the work that we at Amnesty International do together, locally and globally – holding governments to account for human rights violations and fighting for a brighter tomorrow through impartial, credible research and fearless advocacy.
I’ve seen this in our five-year indigenous rights campaign, Community is Everything. We’re tirelessly working to end the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the justice system, and we’ve had some significant wins so far. In fact, just a couple of months ago, the QLD government introduced legislation to remove 17-year-olds from adult prisons – a meaningful stride in the right direction.
This work can only continue through the support and generosity of ordinary people who care about justice and aren’t afraid to take action for change.
On this adventure you will gain a better understanding of Amnesty’s work to protect the rights of Aboriginal communities that call the Central Australia home, while also helping to fight human rights injustices throughout the world.
The adventure starts Monday, 24 July 2017, so now’s the time to join us!
Get in touch
PH: 1300 905 188 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hike the Homelands booked out early last year, so contact us today to avoid missing out.
My top three moments:
- Learning about Arrernte culture while dining on traditional bush foods under the stars.
- Taking in the majestic views from the peak of Mt Sonder (Rwetyepme).
- Getting to know my fellow trekkers and hearing their inspiring fundraising stories.