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.
The world-wide pandemic Corona Virus Disease - COVID - has slowed down our fundraising in 2020 to 2022 and we are keen to get projects underway now restrictions are being lifted.
The latest project - initiated by our sister organisation Thelma and Louise France - is to raise funds to buy period undies or freedom panties or toutes culottees for girls in remote villages in Nepal. Our wonderful supporter, Susan Sarendon kicked off the fund-raising with a $2,500 donation.
Our last expedition - riding motorcyles in the Lower Mustang valley of Nepal in October 2019 - was a great success. After the trip the women visited the village of Baseri, stayed in the Community Centre and saw how T&L have supported the community over the past five years.
In 2020 we hoped to teach women and girls how to make "Girls' Kits" with washable sanitary pads, underpants, soap and a wash cloth to be distributed to women and girls in villages. But COVID got in the way and the project did not proceed!
Lots of activity in Baseri:
T&LA continues to organize expeditions where women of all ages, races, religion and background go on an adventure.
Past expeditions and fundraising:
Sewing courses have been very successful:
In the lower village, a daily two-hour literacy course was conducted over a six-month period. Many women cannot read and write in Nepali or English and they enjoyed coming together to learn.
Become a member: pay a $25 annual membership fee and get a newsletter and updates on expeditions and initiatives.
Go to the ENQUIRE button now, fill in your details and pay your $25 into our bank account with your name as reference: Westpac no. 512 396; BSB: 034 167
Become a sponsor: organise a direct monthly debit to our bank account to sponsor either school children or teachers.
Organise an event:
Events bring people together and also raise funds: film nights, barbeques, dance nights, dinners, auctions, trivia quiz, raffles, theatre evenings, breakfasts . . . any idea that members can create.
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.
100% of all funds raised goes directly to groups in need. ZERO administration fees.
Thelma & Louise Nepal (T&LN) is our sister organisation, created 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. T&LN manage all distribution and organisation in Nepal and have worked with many remote villages.
Thelma & Louise France, established in 2017, are also great supporters, undertaking various activities to raise funds. In 2019 they started funding teachers in Baseri and have continued to do that. They have also iniated the Toutes Culottees Challenge to raise enough funds to buy 8,849 pairs of menstrual underpants so that village girls in Nepal can go to school, travel, work in the fields etc. Why so many pairs of pants? Well, 8,849 metres is the height of Mt Everest and they wanted a high goal to work towards.
In 2006 two friends embarked on a journey to the Kimberleys in Western Australia to experience a fun-filled adventure. They gained a beter understanding of cultural differences, team work, an appreciation of the wilderness and strengthening of their friendship . . . and also raised funds for Ruths Womens Shelter. Due to an overwhelming response and interest in the whole idea of two w0men 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.
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 undertake expeditions and also use a range of other methods to raise funds for women and children.
In 2016 three groups of women - 20 all together - responded to the invitation to “Experience Brittany as a Local!”
We raised $20,000 which went towards building the Community Centre in Baseri, Nepal.