When we learned nobody had ever entered the Darwin Beer Can Regatta with a team from outside Darwin, we thought it would be fun to build a boat in Sydney, drive it 4,000km to Darwin, and compete in this popular annual charity race. So that's what we're going to do.

But there’s a problem

While we're having fun traveling north to Darwin with our boat this July, there are people having an awful time, hoping and trying to travel south to Darwin by boat from the coast of Indonesia. People from all corners of the world fleeing terrorism, tyranny and oppression, people seeking asylum in Australia. If these people are discovered on the way, their boat may get turned back to Indonesia. And if they get close to Australian shore, they get sent to internment camps for indefinite detention in inhumane conditions.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

  1. We're going to use our 4,000km jaunt from Sydney to Darwin via Adelaide to get some media exposure, and when we do, we're going to keep mentioning the plight of people seeking asylum — both those currently in detention and those hoping to find a way to get from Indonesia and Malaysia to Australia.
  2. We're going to keep talking to Australians we meet along the way to help them understand the true situation (not the spin that politicians put on the issue to suit their own political needs).
  3. Darwin is one of the many Australian cities in which volunteers from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) work hard to help those few people seeking asylum get accepted into Australia to start a new life in our country. So instead of using our Chuffed campaign to help pay for our crazy trip to Darwin, we're going to donate all the money we raise directly to the ASRC, who will help recently arrived people seeking asylum find housing, food security, medical, legal, employment and language assistance.

You can join us

Our goal is to raise $5,000 which will make a massive difference to the operating budget of the ASRC in 2016. But 100% of every donation we receive will go directly to the ASRC, so whether we meet our fund-raising goal or not, you should donate today.