We are now in the last week of the Kurdiji 1.0 Aboriginal suicide prevention app crowdfunding campaign. It is also reconciliation week!
Young Aboriginal people are taking their own lives at an unprecedented rate. Our campaign has proven that people all over the world are willing to stand with Aboriginal Australia and fight to prevent suicides (please donate at www.kurdijiproject.com). When we began this campaign we couldn’t have known that so many of you would support the Warlpiri elders in their efforts to save Indigenous lives.
We have raised $117,659 in just under seven weeks, from crowdfunding and philanthropy, but we need that much again to bring the project to fruition. What we’ve raised so far is enough to start work on the app. On June 10th we will drive, four days into the desert, to Lajamanu community and begin work with the elders. We will be regularly posting images and videos from our work there.
But we won’t be able to finish the app and get it into the hands of those who need it, unless we reach target. We lose three Aboriginal lives a week to suicide and four out of five of these suicides are children between the ages of 10 and 14. The elders have an answer for vulnerable people but they need to develop their app in order to deliver it.
So we need your help.
Please share our campaign video widely, even if you’ve already shared it previously. And let your networks know about the campaign.
This week the historic decision at Uluru opened the way toward reconciliation and treaties with Aboriginal Australia. Let’s send a message to our elders that Aboriginal lives are important. Let’s help realise their dream of an app that reconnects young people with country, culture and community.
Let’s take a stand against Aboriginal suicide in this country.