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Central Australian tourism operators lend a helping hand

A group of tourism businesses in the Red Centre have banded together to grant the final wish of a terminally ill mother from Townsville in Queensland.

Emma Rathie is 31 and has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. When she was told in January this year she only had 12 months to live she put together a ‘bucket list’ of wishes to share with her 11-year-old son, Blake, before she died.

“When we were contacted and told of Emma’s plight, and that among the top 10 things she wanted to share with her son was a trip to Uluru, we immediately wanted to help,” said Brett Graham, who owns SEIT Outback Australia with his wife, Kathy. “We are parents and we would want the same for our kids if we were in the same situation.”

The community of Townsville have rallied around Emma and Blake to help the mother and son complete their ‘bucket list’ while Emma can do so. When the community contacted the Grahams, they immediately spoke to Voyage Indigenous Tourism, PHS Helicopters and Uluru Camels, and together the group of operators is giving Emma and her son the trip of a lifetime.

“We want them to enjoy this experience while Emma is able to do so,” said Mrs Graham.

Emma has been accepted into a new drug trial and has been undergoing treatment over recent months in the hope of stalling the tumour. She is facing another bout of chemotherapy when she returns home.

“It is important for her to have special time with her son and we plan to make her stay in Central Australia memorable for both of them,” said Mrs Graham.

The community of Townsville has raised money to cover the costs of airfares and other expenses for Emma and Blake, and their journey is being followed by media in her home state. Her Facebook page has more than 200 friends.

Emma and Black arrive in Central Australia on Sunday and will spend next week discovering the wonders of the Red Centre.



For more information contact:

Brett and Kathy Graham

0458 107 777


For further information about Emma’s Journey please watch the video below:

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