Balgo Dialysis Appeal
We’re working to keep our families, communities and culture together and strong – will you join us?
End-stage kidney disease is a triple blow when it hits Aboriginal people in remote communities like Balgo (Wirramanu). We’re told that if we want to live, we must move off country and far away to undergo dialysis treatment for the rest of our lives. That means that we have to leave our homes, families and communities forever.
For our families, they lose a mother, grandmother, auntie, sister or cousin. They don’t have us around the fire any more talking stories, sharing Tjukurrpa, teaching language, painting and singing.
For community, they lose an elder or a middle-aged person, someone who sits on the board of our community organisations, teaching at school or working at the clinic. Older people are usually the ones that paint at the art centre, organise ceremony, look after kids and grandkids. When they leave a thread that helps keep our community together and culture strong is pulled from the fabric, making it weaker.
This is why we’re working hard to build a dialysis clinic in Balgo, to keep people on Country and to bring people who have left back home.
What do we need?
The good news is, we already have a lot of support.
Purple House will work with the community to get dialysis to Balgo and operate the clinic. Wirrimanu Aboriginal Corporation have offered land for the clinic and a house for nurses.
What we need is to raise the funds to build the clinic and fit it out. Which is why we need your help. Once built, each dialysis treatment done in Balgo will attract Medicare funding, providing a sustainable funding stream to keep people home on Country.
What you can do
Support the Balgo Dialysis Appeal
Get dialysis to Balgo by donating via credit card or bank transfer
Donations over $2 are tax deductible
Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders
Proceeds from book sales go to the Balgo Dialysis Appeal
Join the FRIENDS OF BALGO GROUP to receive updates on events, fundraising and project developments
Purple House Exhibition @ AGNSW
A celebration of leading Pintupi artists and their enduring legacy, 21 years since the original the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal
What’s so special about Balgo (Wirramanu)?
If you’ve ever visited or bought a painting from here, you’ll know why Balgo is special. It’s one of Australia’s most remote regions, right on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The Country is our ngurra (home).
Our families settled there during the mid-twentieth century when it was becoming harder and harder to live as we chose in the desert. Eight different language groups came together to make a home, building the community with their hands. With big colour and bigger stories, we painted differently, creating a vibrant industry which became world famous. We did this to care for our families in the safety and security of Balgo – on beautiful Country where we belonged. We built a community to live in, and an art movement to share it. Now we need dialysis to help keep our artists and families here with us.
We need your help for this part.
Image credit: Lucinda White
If you have questions or would like to talk about how you can help get dialysis to Balgo please contact us on
email@example.com or 08 8929 9934.
Thank you for your support!