Opening of the second classroom at Watarrka Primary School

The Watarrka Foundation are proud to announce that after months of fundraising and organisation, the second Watarrka Primary School classroom is ready to be opened.

This classroom will give the local children a vital opportunity to stay on country, with their families being provided a good education up until year 10.

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Dentons Indigenous Art fundraiser

Please join us to celebrate indigenous art and culture, with a range of beautiful artworks available for any decor and at any budget. Many thanks to Dentons and the Watarrka foundation for this opportunity to showcase our works and contribute to the future education of indigenous children throughout central Australia.  We look forward to seeing you there.




Basic Access to Education

Imagine if every Indigenous child could receive a high school education - even in the remoteness of Australia’s Red Heart.

For many Indigenous students reaching year 7 means leaving their community, and heading to a totally alien environment, to continue their high school education. Without the support of close family and friends, life in the unfamiliar environments of large cities and towns can break the hearts of many young Aboriginal students. Many give up on their education and return defeated to their home communities. A tragic loss to the potential of the child, a tragic loss to Australia.

The RIGHT 2 THE HEART project is a community led campaign raising funds to help a group of Indigenous students to continue their education ‘on country’ in a remote community in the Northern Territory.

Here’s the problem

Watarrka Primary School, set in the Red Heart of Australia, a five-hour drive from the nearest town Alice Springs, is set to lose a group of fine young students. After successfully completing the first six years of their schooling, these students feel apprehensive at the reality of having to leave family to attend high school.

To further their educaution it generally means the whole family can no longer live 'on country' but have to move to the closest town. In doing so, Indigenous families find it hard to adjust as they lose their way of life. In most cases it's just too hard and they simply don't go back to school.

We need to stop this cycle. 

Community Elders believe their children feel more able to learn and are happiest being educated on their own country, rather than being sent away to a different environment that they are not so comfortable in, and where they find it a struggle to succeed.

If Indigenous students can stay on country with family and retain culture they are much more likely to become successful learners. Indigenous young people have 40% more chance of finding work if they have had an education up to year 10.

Every child counts and every child deserves the best opportunity to receive a high school education.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

The RIGHT 2 THE HEART campaign, set up by the non- profit Watarrka Foundation has set out to give these students hope and a ‘fair go’ at a rewarding future. Practically this means building a new classroom at Watarrka School, catering for post primary students.

After extensive community consultation and rigorous planning, building plans have been drawn up, builders organised, grants applied for, and support from established private schools generated - now it’s time to build. We need support from the broader community to complete building by start of school year in February 2018.

The campaign will be launched nationally on the 4th August, which coincides with the National Indigenous and Torres Straight Islander Children’s Day and will run for 5 weeks. There will also be a benefit concert in Melbourne on Saturday 2nd September at Venue 303, Northcote.

While Watarrka Foundation's dream in the long term is to build a new secondary school ... In the short term, we can only move forward by constructing a new building at the Watarrka Primary School to retain students 'on country' and in education.

Please help us

We need to raise $200,000 to get this classroom built. Please donate generously for the future of young Indigenous Australians in the centre of Australia's red HEART.

Thanks for supporting us

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandella

Making a real difference in the lives of young Indigenous Australians means a great deal to many people who live in this country.

For this we say 'Palya' - Thank You.


Thank you for your generosity!


What an amazing week we had in Sydney for the Watarrka Foundation Fundraising Art Roadshow hosted by Westpac Premium and Bondi Beach Public School!!!
We can't say thank you enough to the amazing organisers Georgina Howard and Shadé Chloe, the promoters, incredible volunteers and of course supporters who turned out for the events.
The Watarrka Foundation has benefited greatly from all the support shown and the Watarrka community is overwhelmed with the progress going ahead on their country.
The artists from Alpitye Studio also wish to express their sincere thanks for not only purchasing their artworks but for the many kind and motivating words we relayed to them upon our return to Alice Springs.
It was a great pleasure to meet everyone involved and we do hope to see you all again.
Wishing you all the best for the rest of the year and the Festive Season to come.

Jill Kelly Kemarre

Jill Kelly Kemarre was born in 1959, an Alyawarr woman; she also speaks Eastern Arrernte and English.  Her father’s county is Irrwelty located on Alyawarr land north of the Utopia region of Central Australia.  She currently lives with her husband and family at Irrerlirri Outstation in the Arltarlpilta region, 250kms north east of Alice Springs in the beautiful Harts Range. 

Her paintings represent elements associated with the stories from her traditional country.  They include; Arnwekety – Conkerberry, Lyaw Ntange – Seeds from the Munyeroo herb and Awely – woman’s ceremony.  Jill also paints landscape paintings applying intricate patterns of tiny dots.

Bronte Public School Aboriginal Art Fundraiser

Opening evening- Friday November 13th from 6pm, open Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th 10am to 4pm. 

Bronte Public School Hall, Bronte

Phillipa and Jenny will be in Sydney with an amazing selection of aboriginal artworks direct from the studio in Alice Springs.  Please come and take a look, purchase that special something for Christmas or a birthday and support the Lilla Foundation and Bronte Public School.  We will have a range of artworks in all sizes, styles and prices.

Please don't hesitate to contact us for more details

Look forward to seeing you all there!!!

The Lilla Foundation

Alpitye Art Studio are proudly supporting the Lilla Foundation and 20% percentage of all sales made from the Lilla community gallery will be donated to the foundation to assist in its endeavours.

The Lilla Foundation was established with the assistance of Remote Tours and Gadens Lawyers, Sydney to help build the Lilla community and surrounding communities in the Watarrka area, with the hope of expanding the boundaries to include many more desert regions in need.

The Foundation raises money to aid in the relief of poverty, sickness, destitution and helplessness amongst indigenous Australians in the region. The Foundation also partners with various organisations to provide programs to promote life skills, independence and resilience of persons in need.

Gadens has partnered with the Lilla Foundation on a number of occasions to raise money and develop programs with a focus on the education of Aboriginal children in the region. 
Should you wish to support the Lilla community and surrounding communities via the Lilla Foundation, please contact Remote Tours, or donate directly to the Lilla Foundation: Bank of South Australia BSB 105 187 ACC 031024840.