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The Thathangathay Foundation

Telephone: (Aust) 0458 235 482

Address:
PO BOX 456
BRIGHT, VIC 3741

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The Thathangathay Foundation aims to improve the lives of the indigenous people of the Thamarrur region in the Northern Territory through identifying and developing its future leaders.

These leaders will become role models through

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About TF

The Thathangathay Foundation is a not for profit organisation committed to improving the lives of the indigenous people of the Thamarrurr Region through education, improved health and leadership.

In partnership with the...

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Programs

General program overview

The Foundation maintains and evolves the Strong Men Project and over recent times has introduced the Strong Women Initiative. Both projects engage participants in a variety of activities , both in ...

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Help TF

You can support The Thathangathay Foundation to deliver it's programs and be a part of improving the lives of the Thamarrurr people. Everyday we are making meaningful steps towards building a brighter future for this community and each donation...

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Contact Us

Feel free to drop us a line by email below or call us.

The Thathangathay Foundation

Telephone: (Aust) 0458 235 482

Address:
PO BOX 456
BRIGHT, VIC 3741

Now that you know a bit more about us why not ...

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Western Cultural Program

Based in Bright, Victoria

Participants in the Thathangathay Leadership Program spend several months of each year of the program based at Bright, in Victoria's North East.

While in Bright, the Leadership Program male participan...

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Background

Justin Crawley and his family have had an association with the Wadeye Community since 2003 when he first went to work at OLSH Thamurrur Catholic School as a PE Teacher. The impetus of the move was to allow their young family to...

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Foundation Profile

The Thathangathay Foundation is a not for profit organisation committed to improving the lives of the indigenous people of the Thamarrurr Region through education, improved health and leadership. It is driven from the inside ou...

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Partners and Supporters

Meaningful relationships are the foundation of our work and we thank our Partners and Supporters for their invaluable assistance.

Partners

The Foundation co-ordinates with educat...

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Indigenous Cultural Program

Thamarrurr region, Northern Territory- Thamurrurr People
This part of the program focuses on providing the participants with the cultural information necessary to enhance their development as Indigenous leaders. Whilst participa...

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Leadership Tours

Thamarrurr Region

During the course of the program, participants will partake in specific Leadership Programs. The Programs will be conducted throughout the year and can be undertaken in a variety of locations. Participants will combine...

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Stevia

the sensational stevia plant is the key to overcoming the world's obessity problem!

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Rammed Earth

Rammed Earth Building Program


This program involves training participants in building in Rammed earth. Extensive training is undertaken in all areas of operation, including skid steer operation, set up processes, work safe pr...

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Foundation Objectives

We aim to:

  • Identify and recruit potential young leaders; providing a valuable link to education and healthy lifestyle within the community.

  • Improve literacy and numeracy skills of all part...

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Kardu Kigay Program

Kardu Program Sponsorship, $10,000 Tax Deductible

Kardu means person in Murrinhpatha, a language of the Thamarrurr Region. The Kardu sponsorship directly benefits one of the young men or women through supporting his or her training an...

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Testimonials

Ray Minniecon, Red Dust Role Models

Thanks for your interest in those four courageous young men from Wadeye. The harsh reality that all Remote Communities face is to development leaders for the fu...

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Working together

Working together

The Foundation works closely within the community and our partners to provide opportunities for our participants. We have 3 major programs currently being undertaken. Our Education program, B...

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Testimonials

Ray Minniecon, Red Dust Role Models

Thanks for your interest in those four courageous young men from Wadeye. The harsh reality that all Remote Communities face is to development leaders for the fu...

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Cultural Travel Assistance

To make the programs possible it is essential to fund travel between Wadeye, NT and Bright, Vic. This enables the young men to participate in key cultural events such as funerals, ceremonies and school visits. Your donation will enable return f...

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TF Supporter

Supporting the Thathangathay Foundation in this way enables us to continue to develop the program and improve the lives of the Tharramurr people. Through your donation of $500 you will join us as a TF Supporter with regular newsletters and invi...

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Skiing

Over the past couple of years we have had the boys learning to ski at Mt Hotham. With the ongoing support and generosity from the Mt Hotham Lift Company, we have received lift and lesson passes for the ...

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Tobias Nganbe

Tobias Ngardinithi Nganbe is a member of the Rak Klrnmu clan and their homeland is 20km north-west of Wadeye community on the coast. He works at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic School and is responsible for education in the co...

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MULUK – Paul Kintharri

Country: Nganthawurdi

Totem: Rock Cod

Favourite Football Team: Sydney Swans


Paul has been in the program for four years and has attended Bright P-12 College since year 7. He has lots of friends at school and his c...

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McDonagh Family

Since our inception we have been lucky enough to have the support and generosity of the McDonagh family.

Jo, Liam and their children: Sam, Tom, Sophie and Tess have opened their hearts and home to all of the boys over the year...

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NARNDU - Francis Kinthari

Country: Nama

Totem: Goanna
Favourite Football Team: Carlton Blues


Francis was one of the early participants in our program and attended Bright P-12 College in years 9...

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NEMI - Bradley Dumoo

Country: Perreder

Totem: Red Kangaroo
Favourite Football Team: West Coast Eagles

Nemi enjoys fixing things and is very interested in building. He has worked as an extra on two film produc...

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NEMI - Bradley Dumoo

Country: Perreder


Totem: Red Kangaroo

Favourite Football Team: West Coast Eagles

Nemi enjoys fixing things and is very interested in building. He has worked as an extra o...

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PAMUN - Wagon Dumoo

Country: Thinthi

Totems: Eagle and Sea Turtle
Favourtie Football Team: Carlton Blues

Wagon is a quiet person who is determined to make a difference in his life. He entered our program two years...

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NIMIT - Jules Nganbe

Country: Palumpa

Totem: Emu
Favourite Football Team: Carlton Blues

Nimit was the youngest person to enter the program, having a trail run in primary school. He entered the program full time in 2...

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NGINHTHITTI - PJ Crocombe

Country: Nama

Totem: Hawk
Favourite Football Team: Brisbane Lions

PJ has achieved many things in the last two years of him being in the program. He has excelled in athletics, swimming, basketball and footba...

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NGINHTHITTI - PJ Crocombe

Country: Nama

Totem: Hawk
Favourite Football Team: Brisbane Lions

PJ has achieved many things in the last two years of him being in the program. He has excelled in athletics, swimming, basketball and footba...

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BIRIT - Karen Chantelle Dumoo

Country: Peppimentari

Totem: Water Python
Favourite Football Team: Essendon Bombers

Karen is currently in year 9 at Bright P-12 College and is a very capable girl who has developed a love for the finer thin...

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THALANTHAY - Gabriella Rose Kinthari

Country: Nama

Totems: Owl and Waterlily
Favourite Football Team: Brisbane Lions

Gab entered the program in 2014 as a year 7 student and soon made her mark in Bright. She has a great sense of humour and app...

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WITNI - Merle Francis Bunduck

Country: Wadeye

Totems: Red Tailed Cockatoo, Woollybut Flower & Echidna
Favourite Football Team: Essendon Bombers

Merle entered the program in 2014 and is in year 9 at Bright P-12 College. Merle is very...

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WARNBURRYI - Marjorie Bunduck

Country: Wadeye

Totems: Black Coackatoo & Echidna
Favourite Football Team: Essendon Bombers

Marjorie entered our program in 2014 as a young mother with her beautiful daughter Briana (WILUK).

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Apollo Bay Camp

Last week we spent the week in Apollo Bay on a Surf Program provided by the Apollo Bay P-12 College. The program is now in its second year and is organised and run by some of the VCAL students from the Apollo Bay College with the support of Andy a...

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Apollo Bay Camp

Last week we spent the week in Apollo Bay on a Surf Program provided by the Apollo Bay P-12 College. The program is now in its second year and is organised and run by some of the VCAL students from the Apollo Bay ...

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Future Moves Danygamalanha Career Link Girls Camp

Last week Karen was accepted to participate in the Future Moves Danygamalanha Career Link Girls Camp at Charles Sturt University in Albury.
25 Indigenous teen girls from New South Whales and North East Victoria...

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Bright Marngrook Match

On the 17th of October we celebrated the second annual Bright Marngrook Match.
Bright P-12 College in partnership with the Thathangathay Foundation and Kindred Sp...

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Time & Place 2 Art Exhibition

The Thathangathay Foundation is featuring in the Time & Place 2 Exhibition held at the Bright art gallery.


The exhibition is displaying Indigenous artwork...

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Opening of Dumu Balcony Cafe

Last week Bec Crawley and Marni Witts opened Bright's Dumu Balcony Cafe (Social Enterprise).

Some of the mob are employed as staff members where they will learn valuable skills that they can take back with them on their return to Wadeye.

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The Secret River Filming

In August the mob have been involved with the filming of the ABC mini-series, The Secret River.


The mini-series is based on the novel by Australian author Kate Grenville, which follows the settlement of European convicts William an...

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Bright Playgroup Outing

This week Bright playgroup had their annual outing to the Eurobin Deer and Emu Farm.


Marjorie and Breanna went along to the outing with other parents and children and were able to feed deers, emus and goats.

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Beecause Honey

Gilly continues to extend his apiaries in both NT and VIC. The dry season has allowed us to hive a number of native bees, and GPS many more for next season.

The Victorian Apiary has extended into 27 hives and it still continues to grow....

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Year Nine Bright P-12 College Trip

Bright P-12 College’s Year 9 Wadeye trip was a huge success again this year. The students experienced much indigenous culture including mud crabbing, magpie goose hunting and sleeping in swags.

The students from Bright e...

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Year Eleven Bright P-12 Indigenous Languages

This year, Bright P-12 College also took a group of Year 11 Indigenous Languages Students from the school, up to Wadeye, to strengthen their language learning. All of the students had previously visited Wadeye when they were in year Nine; they ...

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Medibank/Red Dust Leadership Program

On the 15th October we took part in a leadership program facilitated by Red Dust Role Models, for Medibank Private. For our part, we conducted the community connection component of the program,...

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Putak Centre Update

The Putak Centre is up and running, providing full time employment for Gregory Narndu and he is working with his partner, Dorothy Kintharri to keep the shop open and clean.

We have had generous donations of clothing from a number of peo...

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Celebrating reconciliation with Bright P-12 Students

With such strong ties in place between Bright P-12 College and the indigenous community of Wadeye, there was no surprise that red, yellow and black were the colors on display at the college during the week. The School created a memorable recon...

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Historic moment for the Wadeye Community

On Tuesday, the key educational personnel and stakeholders from Wadeye, convened in the legal offices of Arnold Block Liebler to celebrate success in their human rights action, lodged in 2007.

Tobias was the driving force behind the acti...

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Education Assistance - Activity Donation

You can help educate and train these courageous young men and women with an Activity Donation today.

Various equipment and clothing is required to participate in training courses and extra curricular activities, including tennis, swimmin...

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Cultural exchange wins Schools First Award

'Learning in Two Worlds', the innovative cultural exchange to improve literacy and cultural awareness created by The Thathangathay Foundation in partnership with Bright P12 College, was recognised recently with a Local Impact Award from the NAB...

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Riverina Rammed Earth partners TF

In 2009 Riverina Rammed Earth was proud to become involved in the Thathangathay Program.

The Thathangathay Program was developed by Bright resident Justin Crawley and the Northern Territory Wadeye community elders. Justin, a t...

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TF launches Kardu Press

Welcome to our first newsletter, the Kardu Press where you'll find all the latest news and information about the program and what the boys are up to. Every month we'll be publishing the Kardu...

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The Boys and their recent trip to Ballarat

On Wednesday 9th May we conducted a cross cultural event for the Ballarat Junior Football Club (Swans) in Ballarat.

The evening was instigated by the Ballarat Football Club who should be commended for their initiative in developing their...

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The new Putak Centre

In early July we will be building our facility in Wadeye, to be known as the Putak Centre, The facility will combine four very very small shops and a small flat.

The centre is going to be built of Rammed Earth and will provide about one ...

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Beecause - latest news

Gilly continues to grow his beekeeping business and despite it being a relatively poor season, he has made some great progress.

He undertook training with Walkabout Apiaries in Milawa, gaining valuable experience in their harvest shed a...

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Bright P-12 School Shed Project

After the successes of the hot house and the tractor shed, we have been asked by the school to remove the sheds at the back of the school and build a new structure out of rammed earth. The new structure is to be used as the new VCAL Centre.

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Sporting Chance - Chris's work experience

Allaburra (Chris) has been working one day a week at the Sport First and Toys Store in Myrtleford, under the guidance of Paul and Wendy.

Chris is learning all about the fundamentals of merchandise and how a shop functions. He is enjoyin...

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Visit from Wangka group to Bright

Members of the Wangka (Won-ka) Cultural group from Wadeye, NT recently visited program participants in Bright engaging with the local community through dance, art and of course...

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Liam Hemsworth joins Thathangathay Foundation as Goodwill Ambassador

Local actor Liam Hemsworth is keen to support the work of the Thathangathay Foundation in empowering young men from Wadeye to become strong and competent leaders.

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Jareds Marathon

Help Jared on his journey to raise money for the young men of Wadeye.

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