Arrivals & Departures Walk the NT's Larapinta Trail with Rosie Batty

A supplied image obtained Tuesday, Oct. 07, 2014 of Rosie Batty. Batty has been nominated for the Pride of Australia this year for her efforts in raising awareness on family violence after the death of her son Luke. (AAP Image/National Australia Day Council) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Trek the iconic trail in the Northern Territory with the former Australian of the Year while raising funds and awareness for domestic violence in Australia.

Huma Charity Challenge has partnered with Rosie Batty to raise funds for the Luke Batty Foundation and support her efforts to give a voice to victims of domestic violence.

Participants will join Ms Batty on a six-day trek along the Larapinta Trail, departing from Alice Springs on August 4.

“Since her son Luke’s tragic death, Rosie has single-handedly pushed the issue of domestic violence into the minds and conscience of all Australians, prompting change at both state and federal government level,” Huma Charity Challenge manager Fiona Windon said.

“Hearing her story, listening to her speak is an incredibly moving experience.

“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.”

Ms Batty said the challenge would be a deeply moving and spiritual walk. 

“This part of the world is very special to me because I am passionate about learning from women and children in Aboriginal communities and how family violence is impacting on their lives too. 

“I feel a deep sense of connection with these women and their land. They share the lived experience of family violence and the pain it causes. They share my pain. And I am deeply moved by theirs. 

“This fundraising opportunity will open your eyes to some of the most beautiful nature Australia has to offer, and will also help to give  the women and children a voice in these amazing communities a voice that can be heard through the support of the Luke Batty Foundation.”

The Larapinta Trail is one of the seven Great Walks of Australia and is considered one of the top 10 walks in the world.

Participants will trek between six and 16km a day along spectacular sections of the trail, including Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and Mt Sonder. Trekkers will carry only a day pack and a support vehicle will transfer trekkers between trail heads.

Each night, participants will camp in comfortable semi-permanent campsites with food, heated lounge and dining facilities, hot showers, eco-toilets, solar lighting and other facilities.

The trek costs from $2500 per person twin share, plus a $300 registration fee. Participants need to raise a minimum of $3000 for the Luke Batty Foundation.

Top image: Rosie Batty.

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