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Thelma & Louise Expeditions takes women of all ages, races, religion and background on an adventure. On our expeditions we all learn from each other, push our limits, expand our tolerance, gain more passion for life . . . . and have fun. Funds r... More
Thelma & Louise Expeditions takes women of all ages, races, religion and background on an adventure. On our expeditions we all learn from each other, push our limits, expand our tolerance, gain more passion for life . . . . and have fun. Funds raised from expeditions are all donated to causes that assist women and children.

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About Thelma & Louise Expeditions

Thelma & Louise Australia

Thelma & Louise Australia

Thelma & Louise Australia (T&LA) is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation which raises funds to advance the health, education and social welfare of women, young people and children in Australia and other countries, including in Nepal. 

What’s happening?

Nepal Thelma & Louise
  • A new Community Centre was completed in the first part of 2017 in Baseri village, Nepal, with funding provided by T&LA. We will continue to work with our sister organization, Thelma & Louise Nepal (T&LN) over the next twelve months.
     
  • The next fund-raising expedition is to Nepal in November 2017. We are looking for 10 travellers who have skills in sewing, craft, health, education etc that they can share with women in Baseri.
     
  • We continue to sponsor children to complete their schooling, support three  additional teachers and fund T&LN to purchase school learning equipment and materials.
     
  • A project is underway to train women in designing and sewing clothes and other items for sale locally and overseas. 

Expeditions & Fundraising

Nepal

T&LA continues to organize expeditions where women of all ages, races, religion and background go on an adventure. On our expeditions women learn from each other, push limits, expand tolerance, gain more passion for life and have fun while they are raising funds.

Upcoming expedition:

The next fund-raising expedition is to Kathmandu and Baseri in Nepal from 11 to 23  November 2017. We are looking for 10 travellers who have skills in sewing, craft, health, education etc that they can share with women in Baseri village.

Past expeditions and fundraising:

  • 2017 - various activities underway, including crowdfunding, movie night, dance night.
  • 2016 - $20,000 raised from an expedition to France where 20 women travelled down canals in Brittany; $13,000 raised from sponsorship
  • 2015 – $30,000 raised through direct donations, weekly barbeques, dinners, local fundraising to assist in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal in April 2015
  • 2014 - $25,000 raised through several expeditions to Nepal. This funding was allocated to a new children’s hostel in Batase village
  • 2012 - $50,000 raised for Friends of the Himalayan Children Inc through a major expedition when women rode postie bikes from Darwin to Cairns, Australia. Funds were used to commence a new hostel for children in Batase village in Nepal
  • 2007 - $10,000 for Ruth’s Women’s Shelter mainly through an auction and an expedition from Cairns up Cape York Peninsula
  • 2006 – Early days of Thelma & Louise. A small expedition from Darwin to Broome via the Kimberley raised $360 for Ruth Women’s Shelter in Cairns, Australia

Projects

In 2017 we are supporting an initiative to enable Baseri women to gain skills in sewing to enable them to make products for sale. $5000 has been allocated over 12 months to purchase three sewing machines and materials and fund a project manager and a trainer. While  the Community Centre was being completed, the women used one of the school classrooms as a training room.  

Support Us

Support Us

Sponsorship:
Members and supporters arrange direct monthly debits to our bank account – Westpac Community Solutions Account no. 512 396; BSB: 034 167 - to  sponsor either school children or teachers. 

We support seven children to complete their education – school fees, accommodation, uniforms, food etc - and fund the salary of two teachers in the Baseri School.  The government supplies only four teachers and the community contributes to pay an additional two teachers: eight all together.

Events:
Members take the initiative to organize events that bring people together and also raise funds. We have had film nights, barbeques, dance nights, dinners, auctions, raffles, theatre evenings, breakfasts . . . any idea that members can create.  

Expeditions:
Expeditions provide the bulk of our funding.

Business Sponsorship:
Many businesses have supported us by donating such things as prizes to be auctioned, equipment, vehicles, web design, raffle prizes, T-shirts, accommodation.

We welcome new sponsors and recognize your support through the website, social media and local media items which report on our activities.

Our team: members and supporters

Thelma & Louise Team

T&LA was initially named Thelma & Louise Expeditions. It began in 2006 when two women enjoyed an adventure – travelling from Darwin to Broome – while they raised funds for Ruth’s Women’s Shelter which supports women in Cairns, Australia.

In recent years T&LA has grown, diversified its fundraising activities and gained registration with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.

It raises funds to support:

  • organisations and communities whose goal is community and social development; and
  • individuals who require assistance to complete their schooling and acquire skills to earn an income or to establish small micro-businesses.

Members of T&L Australia pay a $25 annual fee. 

Funds are also raised through direct donations, sponsoring of women and children, raffles, film nights, auctions, dinners, theatre nights, barbeques . . .  and any other method members come up with.

100% of all funds raised goes directly to groups in need
ZERO administration fees.

Thelma & Louise Nepal (T&LN) is our sister organisation, created in June 2015 after the terrible earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May 2015.  T&LA moved quickly to hold fund-raising events and sent over $20,000 to Nepal for immediate relief in ten villages. 

Thelma & Louise France are also great supporters, undertaking various activities to raise funds.

How it all started . . .

Riding postie bikes from Darwin to Cairns, Australia

In 2006 two girlfriends embarked on a journey to the Kimberleys in Western Australia to experience a fun-filled adventure. The outcome was a better understanding of cultural differences, team work, an appreciation of the wilderness and strengthening of their friendship. From sharing their experience by word of mouth and film, money was raised for Ruths Womens Shelter. Due to an overwhelming response and interest in the whole idea of two girls getting away from it all,  "Thelma & Louise Expeditions" was born.

On expeditions, everyone 'chips in' and participates in the day to day organization, chores and responsibilities. Everyone needs to be prepared to "rough it" a little. 


The  journeys are ones  of  laughter, love, adventure and a lot of storytelling. With care, tolerance and respect we reflect on our perceptions of each traveller's journey through life's phases. They are about widening our horizons, stretching our boundaries, going where we have never been and doing what we have never done. Whether it be sitting under the stars, cooking on a camp fire, undertaking a 4WD creek crossing, biking, going down a French canal, climbing a mountain in Nepal or bathing in a creek. 
 

Thelma & Louise Australia

Villagers in Nepal - picture from a 2014 Thelma & Louise expedition

In early 2017, we changed our name from Thelma & Louise Expeditions to Thelma & Louise Australia to complement Thelma & Louise Nepal and Thelma & Louise France. We still raise funds through undertaking expeditions and also use a range of other methods to raise funds for women and children. 

2016 Expedition - Brittany, France

2016 expedition - navigating canals in Brittany, France

In 2016 three groups of women - 20 all together - responded to the invitation to “Experience Brittany as a Local!”

  • Our 10-day adventure started in Brittany, France with a 7-day boat ride on a French canal.
  • Each team/boat had 4, 6 or 8 women and two bicycles.
  • Our challenge was to go shopping in a nearby French village for our evening dinner.
  • Following our cruise, we gave back to nature by working in a small village to clean up the river.
  • We camped and  lived amongst the villagers.
  • On the last night we organised  a French village fete.

We raised $20,000 which went towards building the Community Centre in Baseri, Nepal.

 

Business Sponsorship

Sponsors

We welcome new sponsors and recognize your support through the website, social media and local media items which report on our activities.


Events By Thelma & Louise Expeditions

November Expedition to Kathmandu and Baseri: "Women Empowering Communities through teaching Sustainable Skills"

11 Nov 2017 09:00:00 - 23 Nov 2017 17:00:00

11 Day Nepal Expedition to Kathmandu and Baseri.

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