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Milingimbi Womens - Group Gwen Warmbirrirr & Elizabeth Ganygulpa
The Project was a local community response to observing that a number of young people were losing their way and getting into trouble. It was decided to take a group of 10 young people on a relay bicycle ride from Palmerston to Alice Springs. This ride was inspired by a group who rode horses on a similar journey.
The Bike ride is called ‘Milingimbi Spoke – Rulku-Wangan’ for the next generation of Yolngu to raise a voice to Australia.
It is a coo-ee call to young people of Australia to come into the heart of Australia to meet with the heart of God.
It is also a call of remembrance to honour the Aboriginal people who fought in the WW1 and WW2, with a gathering at ANZAC Hill in Alice Springs to honour the Aboriginal ANZACS who fought in these wars, particularly to commemorate the 100-year battle at Sameakh in Palestine where a number of Indigenous Lighthorse men were involved in the battle. This will be awakening in the young riders a new sense of honouring of those who have gone before.
We aim to help the young men see the positive role and position of Aboriginal people in this nation past present and future.
The ride will be 1500kms from Darwin to Alice Springs and we will take one month to complete it.
Riders and a support crew visited with many communities on their journey and talked with elders and community members gaining support and offering inspiration.