Join Project Independence for the Great Wall Challenge to help Australians with an intellectual disability gain independence through home ownership in safe, suitable and affordable housing. Get ready — the adventure starts here.

Winding its way across the north of China, from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert, the Great Wall of China stands as one of mankind’s most impressive architectural accomplishments.

As part of this adventure, you’ll travel through history to the very heart of China’s ancient culture. Over five days, you’ll trek between mist-covered mountains, into local villages, across rolling farmlands and through dense forest on some of the most spectacular sections of this world wonder.

With the support of expert guides, and the camaraderie of like-minded teammates, you’ll tackle the Great Wall and get a taste of China’s culture all while helping support people with an intellectual disability achieve independence.

In Australia, people with an intellectual disability are among those least likely to ever attain home ownership. Often, this leaves them living in unsuitable or unsafe situations which negatively impact their quality of life. This might mean living in an aged care facility in their 30s, or with family members who are unable to provide adequate care. People with an intellectual disability, already often pushed to the margins of society, deserve independence and choice over where and how they live.

There are currently 47 people on the waitlist in ACT and over 200 in Melbourne for Project Independence housing. As more money is raised, more housing can be built allowing them to stop waiting and start living independently.

The first group of residents moved in to the first Project Independent housing development in 2016. Since then, surveys have shown that 10 out of 10 respondents say the move has made them more independent and made them feel more part of the community.

You can help someone just like Teresa:

Teresa was in her mid-fifties and like most people, her own space and freedom of routine were important to her. She’d been living happily in her parents’ house, but when she lost her mother and father in the space of a year, she also lost her home. Teresa was not eligible for community housing, and facilities like aged-care or drug and alcohol rehabilitation were not appropriate. Following a recommendation for Teresa to be institutionalised, the family felt at a loss. The prospects of finding somewhere for Teresa to comfortably settle down and call home again seemed distant. In researching options, they came across Project Independence which seemed to offer a perfect solution. “When we found out I got it, we just hugged each other,” Teresa says with her brother Les. Now settled into her own space, Teresa has privacy, independence, choice and control. She’s working towards home ownership and enjoying the little joys having her own space. She says her favourite part of her new home is being able to eat Tim Tams on her own private balcony.


18 - 26 April 2020


9 Day Trip
5 Day Challenge


Twin-share in 3-star hotels and guesthouses


Registration fee: $0 - this is covered by your corporate sponsor
Travel quote: $0 - this is covered by your corporate sponsor
Fundraising Target: $5,000

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Moderate difficulty

Want to learn more? Ready to register? Questions?

Contact Nathalie Maconachie

02 6203 9256.


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