LCC's Kwatja Etatha Playgroup in Alice Springs began operating again in July following a successful fundraising appeal.
The popular playgroup was forced to stop running earlier this year, as it lost its government funding at the end of 2017.
An appeal was launched in April, and since then, more than $55,000 has been raised.
To celebrate the reopening, an open day was held at Alice Springs Lutheran Church on July 19.
LCC Playgroup Manager Dolly Hampton said there was a lot of excitement around the relaunch.
“We’ve seen a few families (who used to attend the playgroup) and they were very happy to hear that it was starting again,” Dolly said. “They were in awe of how LCC and the Lutheran Church helped to get the fundraiser going.”
The funds raised will allow the playgroup to operate for two days a week on the Alice Springs Lutheran Church lawns, however it will not sustain the ministry in the long-term.
Lutheran Community Care is working towards long-term sustainability, but in the meantime, the playgroup will support many families in Alice Springs again.
For 10 years, the ministry has given hundreds of disadvantaged children in Alice Springs a positive start in life. It has focused on getting children ready for primary school and encouraged parents to interact with them through structured activities, supporting their learning and development.
Lutheran Community Care would like to thank everyone who contributed to this appeal. If you would like to make a donation, you still can.
Our National Appeal for $200,000
The Adelaide Benefit Concert Choir is an ecumenical choir dedicated to good music, good fun and fundraising for good causes. Join us at Glynde Lutheran Church (15-17 Glynburn Rd) on Sunday, 28 October for a concert featuring the Adelaide Benefit Concert Choir, associated performers and community choirs.
Image courtesy of Centralian Advocate.
Thanks to the Northern Zone Women's Rally on Thursday, 16 August generously donating $260.00 to the Alice Springs Playgroup Appeal.
LCC Manager, Dolly Hampton, was pictured on the front page of Alice Springs' local Centralian Advocate. The story continues on page 6.
You can read more about our Alice Springs Playgroup Appeal on the Lutheran Church of Australia SA/NT District website.
May's edition of the national magazine, The Lutheran, featured the "Playgroup Worth Fighting For" story by Amelia Dawkins.
Appeal to restore Alice Springs playgroup
We are filled with hope, faith and expectation as we work with the people of Central Australia to restore the Kwatja Etatha supported playgroup in Alice Springs.
For 10 years, families have met with our staff in the safety of the Alice Springs church yard on the 'Mission Block.' Playgroup has given children a positive start in life.
Just prior to last Christmas, government funding was withdrawn from the playgroup and eight Aboriginal staff were made redundant.
The people of Alice Springs, the congregation, Finke River Mission and LCC are determined that this ministry should continue.
We have launched a one-off Appeal to raise $200,000. We ask that you join your hearts with ours and give generously.
To help raise funds to continue this ministry, we are selling lapel pins at the 2018 Synod Conference.
Artwork by local artist Ruth Cook.
Download the LCC Synod Newsletter which includes an update from LCC about the playgroup appeal.
To hear more about what the playgroup means to local staff and the local community, watch and listen to their testimonies below.