Your chance to make a real difference

As someone who has spent a good part of my life travelling between New Zealand/Aotearoa and Australia, it has often struck me what a relief it is to return to my Transtasman birthplace when the pressures of seeking recognition of indigenous rights in Australia begins to get me down.

And if those pressures get me down, what is it like for First Peoples who have to face these invisible pressures (of what Isobel Coe calls the ongoing psychic war) every day, day in and day out? There often seems to be no escape, no way out.

I have personally know at least one wonderful indigenous person, with a promising legal career in front of them, to tragically take their own life. And we have all heard of other cases.

I often think we should be making sure we get a message out to young Indigenous people “Don’t commit suicide – go to New Zealand/Aotearoa for a break.” Note that this was done for Australian farmers during the recent drought.

The country of which I am a citizen (NZ/A) has had a treaty since 1840 – that’s 168 years. While life there is a long way short of perfect, it lacks the hard attitudes which have marred Australian life since 1788. A visit there is always most refreshing for our spirits.

I urge everyone to support the move to send Indigenous men and women to New Zealand/Aotearoa for a touch football competition. Read the rest of this message for how you can help by organisaing a collection on the day Parliament makes the long awaited apology. Your efforts – and your contribution – can make a real difference to the lives of these people, and thereby to us all.

Cultural Exchange Tour of New Zealand [1st – 7th April 2008]

$1.00 from 60,000 people – Australia wide; OR
$60.00 from 1,000 people – Australia wide; OR
$2,000.00 from 30 organisations – Australia wide

TARGET = $60,000 [2 teams]


Many of us will be gathered at many places across this great country on Wednesday to witness a wonderful event “the Apology”. I myself will be in Canberra for the convergance and very excited to be able to witness this first hand.

I thought this time will be a great opportunity whilst many of us are gathered together to raise money for the Team – they need our help. All we need is $1.00 from 60,000 people AUSTRALIA WIDE and we will be able to send our “inaugural” men & women’s team to NZ for an International Tournament. It is that simple. We have the means and the way to make a difference today for our young ones for tomorrow. Hopefully from this “Apology” we can change policy that will include our National Indigenous Teams in the funding opportunities. However we don’t have Policy now so we need to fundraise and we need everyone’s dollar now. I won’t give up trying until the last minute which is why I need your support and assistance – never let an opportunity go by I believe.

I am asking if you are organising an event or attending an event next Wednesday can you please take around a collection on my behalf – I’m only asking for $1 from everyone but feel free to throw in more of course. I have fundraising posters which you are welcome to use Poster & Poster [pdf files]

Donations can be made as follows:- [kindly note that I have set up a separate account under my business name for this fund to save unnecessary costs and time]. I have a fundraising tally on my website so you can see how we are going (url below).

By Cheque/Money Order to:
Dreamtime Kullilla-Art – AITF 2008
PO Box 137, Redcliffe Qld 4020
By Direct Deposit to:-
Bank: Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000
A/c: 132813619
Name: Dreamtime Kullilla-Art – AITF 2008
[please leave surname as reference]
If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me or Isobel Appo – Australian Indigenous Touch Football – [Touch Football Australia NT Branch] or Tel: 08 89368131.

For more details go to website and click on the icon on the home page which will link you to the Fundraising Page which will further link you to Team details and Sponsorhip & Budget details.

Michael Connolly
Munda-gutta – Kullawari
Cultural Ambassador AITF 2008 & Fundraising Campaign Manager
Dreamtime Kullilla-Art
Authentic Aboriginal Art & Craft & Native Bush Tucker
63 Sportsground Street [PO Box 137]
Tel: (07) 3880 120
Fax: (07) 3880 0479

“What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”.
– Napolean Hill [you would be surprised at what I can conceive!!!!!!]

PO Box 137, Redcliffe Qld 4020 Australia
Tel: 61-7-38801320 Fax: 61-7-3880 0479