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Australia tourism operators make dream come true

A group of Central Australian tourism operators have grouped together to help make a dying woman's wish come true.
18 May 2012
When Emma Rathie, 31, was told she had a terminal brain tumour in January, she was given just 12 months to live. Taking the tragic news heroically, Ms Rathie decided to make a 'bucket list' of things for her and her son, Blake, 11, to do to make the most of their time left together.

Top of Ms Rathie's list of top 10 things to do was a trip to Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in the Red Centre of Australia. However, in order to make Ms Rathie and her son's time together the best possible, the people in their town, Townsville in Queensland, have promised to help them as much as possible.

The community have pitched in to help by contacting Australian tourism operators with the Rathies' story.

"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 SEIT Outback Australia owner Brett Graham.

"We are parents and we would want the same for our kids if we were in the same situation."

Mr Graham and his wife and co-owner Kathy then contacted fellow tourism operators to give Ms Rathie and her son a dream trip of a lifetime.

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

"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."

The Rathies' community have all chipped in to raise a travel fund for the Rathies which will cover their flights and all other expenses; a Facebook page with over 200 fans has been set up in Townsville to cover their trip.

If you'd like to see the world famous Uluru, you'll need an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, because it can be easily and quickly applied for online.