The University of Newcastle, Australia

Ikara-Flinders Challenge results

Our 25 intrepid trekkers tackled their gruelling 100km walk through the outback with courage, determination and in high spirits. Through their experience they gained new found friendships, inspiration, strength and blisters – a lot of blisters!

We are pleased to announce these blisters weren’t in vain. Your generous donation has helped to raise over $164,000 for Indigenous education and health research, far exceeding our initial fundraising target of $100,000. As a supporter of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges Challenge, we would like to offer our sincere gratitude for your support.

Your generosity will mean that at least 18 Indigenous students will be supported through scholarships at University, and two health research projects will be funded, positively impacting many more in Indigenous communities.

Sarah Nash, one of our trekkers recently shared what your support meant to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges Challenge group, and how your support kept them motivated over the 100km walk.

Our efforts were rewarded by our colleagues, our friends, families and professional networks who had donated as little as $5 and as much as $5,000 to a cause they felt passionately about. We carried that passion with us as we trekked through Adnyamathanha country over those five days. Knowing we were making a difference spurred us on and, in the process, this really important University initiative changed each of us in different ways.” – Sarah Nash, Challenge Trekker.

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