We thought it would be fun
When we learned nobody had ever entered the Darwin Beer Can Regatta with a team from outside Darwin, we thought it would be fun to build a boat in Sydney, drive it 4,000km to Darwin and compete in this popular annual charity race. So that's what we're going to do.
But there’s a problem
While we're having fun travelling North to Darwin with our boat this July there are people having an awful time, hoping to travel South to Darwin by boat from the coast of Indonesia. People from all corners of the world fleeing terrorism, tyranny and oppression, seeking asylum in Australia. If these asylum seekers are discovered on the way their boat may get turned back to Indonesia and if they get closer they get sent to internment camps for indefinite detention in inhumane conditions.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
- We're going to use our 4,000km jaunt from Sydney to Darwin via Adelaide to get some media exposure, and when we do, we're going to keep mentioning the plight of asylum seekers — both those currently in detention and those hoping to find a way to get from Indonesia and Malaysia to Australia.
- We're going to keep talking to Australians we meet along the way to help them understand the true situation (not the spin that politicians put on the issue to suit their own political needs).
- Darwin is one of the many Australian cities in which volunteers from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) work hard to help those few asylum seekers accepted into Australia to start a new life in our country. So instead of using our Chuffed campaign to help pay for our crazy trip to Darwin, we're going to donate all the money we raise directly to the ASRC, who will help recently arrived asylum seekers find housing, medical, legal, employment and language assistance.
Check it out: we're even on the news!
You can join us
Our goal is to raise $5,000 which will make a massive difference to the operating budget of the ASRC in Darwin in 2016. But 100% of every donation we receive will go directly to the ASRC, so whether we meet our fund-raising goal or not, you should donate today.
They tell us that perks are an important part of crowdfunded campaigns, but frankly, we think that's a bit disappointing. Do you really need a bumper sticker or t-shirt to remind you that you've done a good thing to help people in need? Wouldn't you rather we spent none of the fund-raising money on perks and instead donated it all to the ASRC?
More about the Bottle Boat
You can learn more about the boat, the team and the inspiration behind the project at http://bottleboat.com.au