There’s some new stock in town at the Bush Balm shop. We are very pleased to introduce our new range of t-shirts, tote bags and tea towels featuring artwork designs from Purple House patients just in time for Christmas.
‘Balgo or Bust’ tote bag – by Tossie Baadjo
All the proceeds from Tossie’s ‘Balgo or Bust’ tote bag will go towards the Balgo Dialysis Appeal. Your purchase will help build the first permanent dialysis unit in Wirrimanu (Balgo) and get elders back home on Country with their families. Born in the Gibson Desert but currently living hundreds of kms away from home to access dialysis treatment, Tossie’s tote depicts her joy and excitement that she will soon be driving back to Country.
‘Tjutangku Kanyintjaku’ tote bag – by Ngoi Ngoi Donald
Ngoi Ngoi has drawn the ways that Purple House look after and care for clients on her tote bag design. The Pintupi phrase Tjutangku Kanyintjaku translates to ‘looking after all our people’. Ngoi Ngoi worked for a long time as a health worker at Areyonga Health Clinic until she moved to Alice Springs for dialysis treatment. She has returned to Areyonga (Utju) for respite trips home on the Purple Truck to visit family and pick bush medicine.
‘Driving Around’ tea towel – by Queenie Stewart
On the ‘Driving Around’ tea towel, Queenie has depicted and written a story about some of the many ways that Purple House supports our clients to live a good life. Queenie and her late father were the first people to have dialysis in Purple House’s Yuendumu unit when it opened in 2010.
‘Working Together’ t-shirt – by Lola Williams Walker
Lola has drawn how staff and clients work alongside each other to make Purple House a respectful and culturally safe health service on the ‘Working Together’ t-shirt. Lola has lived in Alice Springs since she began dialysis treatment in 2013. She has returned to visit family and community when the Purple Truck has travelled to Willowra. Her fondest memories of life are in Willowra painting, growing up her grandchildren, going hunting and teaching her family how to look after Country.
We are so proud of our patients and the powerful stories that they have shared through their designs. Purple House’s Bush Balm store is a social enterprise, which means that all the proceeds from your purchase go towards supporting the work that we do in enabling our dialysis patients to live the best life possible.