Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! is very pleased to receive a $5000 donation this week from Venture Housing Company in the Northern Territory. A registered charity, Venture Housing Company’s goal is to make a significant contribution to the supply of safe and affordable housing for key workers and those experiencing disadvantage in the Northern Territory and they do this by working with the government, private sector and NGOs through partnership to deliver their housing projects.
I was speaking to CEO, Jill Ritherdon, about our recent work in the Barkly region, where we saw first hand the hardship endured by people not being able to afford the housing they need to keep their families together or hold down a job. We traveled to many communities with musicians from the very successful Barkly Desert Culture music program, which had its roots as a positive youth diversion initiative and is now sadly unfunded. I told Jill I was trying to find ways to keep the program going. She spoke to her Board and got back to me with this wonderful donation that will help Thumbs Up! “fight the fight” with people and logistics as we chase funding for this great program.