The Australian Yoga Aid Challenge on Sunday 14th November has the dual focus of bringing the yoga community together and raising funds for charity. Thousands of Yogis are expected to attend free, special two hour yoga practices across Australia to raise money for their selected charity.
Whilst attendance is free, participants fundraise for charity in the lead up to the event. Therefore, by registering for an event in your local area, you are helping to create strong communities based on giving. Practicing with some of the world’s most influential yogis is an added bonus!
By choosing Dot Com Mob as the selected charity, participants and Yoga Aid will help change the lives of Indigenous children living in remote communities. The Dot Com Mob is a not-for-profit organisation working on closing the literacy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people by upgrading or establishing community-owned technology centres. These centres can then provide online training and IT support in the most remote communities, which in turn promotes dramatic improvements in educational engagement and literacy levels.
Money raised for Dot Com Mob, through this year’s Yoga Aid event, will directly support Papunya, an Indigenous community of 300 people located in Central Australia.
The Papunya centre currently provides local people of all ages with access to ten donated computers, a printer/scanner and a laminator. These resources are supplemented by limited free access to the Internet. The funds raised will pay for a dedicated on-site employee – to keep the centre open for 30hrs a week, and offers direction and assistance to those unfamiliar with IT applications and equipment.
It is also an aim that the technology centre established within this community will provide access to virtual yoga classes for the children, thus teaching them the many benefits of yoga in promoting economic empowerment, wellness and community development.
To support Dot Com Mob through Yoga Aid, ‘challengers’ just have to register on the Yoga Aid website prior to the 14th November event here http://www.yogaaid.com/australia/registernow and then select Dot Com Mob as your preferred charity. Or if you are unable to be a challenger but would like to sponsor me please click on http://www.yogaaid.com/gayewhite to visit my fundraising page and donations will be made to the Dot Com Mob.