Guests are offered the opportunity to voluntarily make a $2 contribution at the conclusion of their stay. Regular newsletters provide a direct link for anyone wishing to stay in touch with the activities of the Foundation. Staff have the option of putting in place a regular payroll deduction and staff and residents can get involved on the ground with regular fundraising events like our annual progressive dinner.
In addition to monetary donations, word of mouth is also key when it comes to sharing the important work and mission of the Foundation. “While our projects can only be achieved with funds, we encourage past guests, trade and industry partners and our staff to follow our progress and help celebrate our achievements,” Grant says.
“Strong participation in any initiatives which involve the development of enterprise is the best way to support the Foundation’s work.”
Guests of Ayers Rock Resort are encouraged to take advantage of the Indigenous programming and activities that are available – a great introduction to local culture and history. This is intentional, meant to educate and expand understanding and as a way of making guests feel more comfortable in dealing with cultural issues, whether it be in the Resort or back at home.
One example of an important cultural pillar at Ayers Rock Resort is the recently opened Gallery of Central Australian Art (GOCA). Designed to showcase art from the Central Desert Region, the Gallery also gives back, with sales benefiting artists from local Aboriginal communities.
It’s important for all visitors to take the time to make connections by listening to Aboriginal people and learning about their culture. “Spend the time to talk with community members, buy a piece of Indigenous art and undertake a cultural tour. Respect their history as the original history of our country and take the time to understand and connect with Indigenous culture, food and traditions as that is the real reason to come to the spiritual heart of Australia,” Grant says.
Learn more about the Anangu Communities Foundation or make a donation today.