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Red Dust returns to on-Country learning

It’s crazy to think that over one year ago Red Dust’s health and well-being programs for remote NT communities were halted due to COVID-19.

While the threat of COVID has not completely receded, The Lottery Office donation of $10,000 has supported the return of program delivery to remote communities.

Red Dust received a warm welcome from the Yuendumu community. There was a buzz of excitement and the small team had a great week working with kids on language, literacy and cultural activities.

Red Dust led several classes through Bush Tucker reading activities in the local Warlpiri language. During these classes the students played memory games to test their Warlpiri and English word skills and completed art activities relating to what they learned about bush tucker.

To enhance their learning and bring a greater connection to culture and land there was an on-country learning experience where students found and gathered bush tucker they had been learning about in the classroom. There was Yunkaranyi (honey ant hunting), Kilyawu (lizard hunting) and gathering of Yawakayi (bush blueberries).

Red Dust’s positive role models and engaging, high impact programs inspire youth to build resilience, identity and aspiration.

The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said it’s important that charities like Red Dust continue to deliver programs that strengthen the future of communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now, more than ever it is important that remote communities can reconnect with people and programs to overcome the impact of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Wood said.

With more than 20 years’ experience working in remote communities, Red Dust has four Indigenous program coordinators located in the Northern Territory, and is committed to growing local capacity and program delivery.

The Lottery Office urges anyone interested in donating to visit the Red Dust website.

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