Lane Cove Local Kate Lyons 223km Desert Walk

ITC get excited if her fibit hits 10 000 steps in one day, so how excited would I be if I walked for 11 days!!  One Lane Cove mother is doing something extraordinary for Indigenous Women.  Kate Lyons is walking the Larapinta 223km desert walk over 11 days to raise money for the NPY Women’s Council based in Alice Springs.

What is the Larapinta Trail?

The Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is one of Australia’s most famous walking experiences. The trail follows the spine of the West MacDonnell range. There are some challenging stages as walkers pass over remote ridges and canyons, walking up to 30kms on some days.

Photo Credit: Greg Yeates

Why Walk the Trail?

Kate is one of 25 walkers raising awareness and funds for the NPY Women’s Council who are doing amazing things to educate and help the lives of our indigenous women and their families.    It is important to put a spotlight on the challenges that women in our Indigenous communities face, particularly in central Australia where some of the statistics are really stark. For example, Aboriginal women are 37 times more likely to be hospitalised than non-Aboriginal women for non-fatal family violence-related assaults.  In central Australia, this figure is 95 times more likely for Aboriginal women.  Similarly, unemployment, substance abuse, health and nutrition issues are felt far more acutely by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women than non-Indigenous Australian women.

The NPY is supporting these vulnerable women.  It is run by twelve indigenous leaders who work tirelessly to improve the lives of women and families in the remote regions of Central Australia and offer invaluable support in the areas of domestic violence, substance abuse, health and nutrition. International women’s day was a good time to remember how hard it is for some of our less fortunate women right here in rural indigenous communities.

How Can You Help?

To find out more about the charity and Kate’s commitment, have a look at her charity sponsorship page

Kate recently held a fundraising dinner that was supported by several local businesses.  Their donations enabled a successful night raising more than $2,500.

Kate would like to thank the following sponsors:

Encasa – this tapas gem is owned and run by a local Lane Cove family, such great authentic food and welcoming family atmosphere.

The Meat Emporium – generous supply of pork and beef for delicious slow cooked pulled pork and beef brisket was a hit on the night!


Good Luck Kate.

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