Our Friends and Funders

Akeyulerre would like to thank the following friends and funders, who, without their financial assistance, passion and love we would not have achieved our vision – a vision which is alive, and being strengthened every day. There are others who have supported Akeyulerre over the years and we thank them.

Northern Territory Government

The Northern Territory Government has been a wonderful supporter of Akeyulerre. After operating for 10 years without Government funding, Akeyulerre secured funding from the Government that allowed the integrity of our work to continue and scale – supporting cultural knowledge systems and using these as a basis of strengthening the community – supporting wellbeing, local leadership, mentoring and training of young people, child and family safety and care, employment and enterprise.

Igniting Change

Igniting Change is one of Akeyulerre’s longest and strongest partners and friends – they understand the importance of grass roots initiatives,  of  igniting the flame from which so much is possible – they believe in what we do, they are interested in what we do, but they have no desire to control or influence what we do – they are respectful, loving and always there. We can not thank Igniting Change enough – they are a rare gem.

Myer Foundation

While it is many years since the Myer Foundation funded Akeyulerre we will always remember them as our first philanthropic funder  – there at the beginning – enabling us when there was no other funding and we were starting on our journey.  We have never requested further funding and perhaps one day we will, but we will always be deeply grateful for their leap of faith in our early stages – critical in us building a belief that what we were embarking on was possible and valued. They have helped inspire an incredible and rare organisation.

Rhonda Renwick & Kindred Spirits Foundation

Rhonda was inspired by the story of Akeyulerre so many  years ago and undertook a generous gesture which literally placed Akeyulerre on the map – enabling us to have a place – a place that the elders recognised as important culturally and spiritually. This place has become our identity – her passion made Akeyulerre a reality that has grown into a place of safety and cultural strength. Akeyulerre continues this relationship through Rhonda’s Foundation, the Kindred Spirits Foundation

Anne and Victor Vadiveloo

Anne and Victor have provided funding, love and possibility to Akeyulerre since its inception. They are a part of our family.  They are connected to the Arrernte families in Alice Springs through a relationship that has spanned over 30 years.

Australian Government – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Aboriginal Benefits Account
We received a capital grant to purchase the property where we have been operating from since 2000. We were also able to purchase the property adjacent to run our Enterprise within the Cultural Precinct. This has been the most wonderful support that ensures the work of Akeyulerre will support the next generations.
Culture and Capability Program builds self-reliance through strong culture, it strengthens Arrernte culture and healing activities prioritised by the community.

Australian Government – Department of Social Services

This project aims to strengthen Interrentye, our social enterprise, through the provision of increased business support so that it can become financially independent and sustainable.

Australian Government – Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation has enabled Akeyulerre to fund cultural practice in the area of Traditional Healing in a way that before was not possible. The foundation has enabled the important Arrernte healers to strengthen their practice, and ensure their expertise continues through future generations.

Australian Government –  Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport – Indigenous Culture Support

Over several years the funding support provided through the ICS has enabled a program for men to connect with country and knowledge transfer providing an opportunity for men to engage in respectful relationships and stronger family connection.

Anglicare – Communities for Children

The second of our successful ‘Bush Schools’ project takes children on to country to learn specific knowledge of their relationships to country, song, dance and story. Elders teach accross the generations promoting the development of a strong identity and pride in their culture.  Anglicare has become a key supporter of knowledge transfer and we look forward to the continuation of this important work with the generations to come.

Northern Territory Government – Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries – AZRI

A six year agreement has been the cornerstone of our continued Social Enterprise through the excellent laboratory facilities made available at the Arid Zone Research Centre Horticultural block. We have access and the use of a large block for plant propagation and preservation as well as a clean and functional facility for the preparation and storage of our products.