‘GetUp! is one of Australia’s largest campaigning communities, with a membership of over 800 000 people. We’re an independent, grassroots, community advocacy organisation that seeks to build a more progressive Australia and hold politicians to account’.(from the GetUp! website https://www.getup.org.au/ )

Basically, the organisation encourages people to set up online campaigns through them, if they feel strongly that something is not right about a particular issue. Campaigns have been set up in a wide range of areas, from democratic participation, human rights and economic fairness, to environmental sustainability.

If enough people support the campaign, GetUp! will assist people to act upon it. This may be by sending an email to an MP, engaging with the media, creating a TV ad, attending an event or even mounting a legal challenge, for example.

Chances are, you or someone you know, has signed a petition on GetUp! recently.

Campaigns have ranged from issues such as protecting the Great Barrier Reef from proposed mining by Adani, securing an increase in funding to the ABC of $88million, a petition of over 100 000 people to stop mandatory internet filtering by the Government, fracking (Coal Seam Gas), transparency of political party policies, empowering people to vote, the treatment of refugees, marriage equality and exposing worrying aspects of the Trans Pacific agreement to things such as corporate tax dodging.

The Larapinta
The Larapinta Trail runs through the MacDonnell Ranges, beginning near Alice Springs, NT. Along the track are well-known landmarks, such as Ormiston Gorge, Simpson’s Gap, Mt Sonder and Glen Helen.

As part of its fundraising efforts, GetUp! has offered the chance to walk this trail for a week in July, at the same time as raising money for the organisation. I plan to pay for my trek and raise $3500 in addition to go to GetUp.

This is where the ‘massage’ comes in. I will be offering massage, aromatherapy, tapping and healing sessions at St Andrews Market on Saturdays, as often as I’m able. These sessions will be by donation to GetUp!

Also, my regular massage, aromatherapy, Raindrop, tapping and healing sessions will be offered from home on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through term. A portion of these proceeds will pay for my trip.
I am in discussions with locals for a fundraising event or two, also, so keep an eye and ear out for this.

If you would just like to support GetUp!, I have a specific fund-raising page, too. You may donate through the following link  https://larapinta4getup.everydayhero.com/au/kerry

So that is what GetUp!, The Larapinta and massage have in common!

Here’s to a great, empowered year.


Kerry Wailes

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