Coles and Purple House Partnership

How Coles and Purple House are supporting indigenous health.

Purple House commercial kitchen employees

The Purple House commercial kitchen trains and employs indigenous Australians in food service.

"The money raised will help patients, who are treated far from home, to get back on Country."

Sarah Brown, CEO of Purple House

Coles stores across the Northern Territory and selected regional stores in WA, including Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Albany, will be painting the town purple this month to support Purple House. Indigenous owned and run, Purple House is a health service that provides dialysis to 19 remote communities across the NT, WA and SA, as well as a mobile dialysis unit called the Purple Truck. This means patients can stay in their communities or get back home faster so that families and culture remain strong.

The fundraising campaign coincides with NAIDOC Week celebrations, from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July. During the campaign, Coles will donate $1 for every customer who wears the colour purple during their shop at Coles stores in the NT and selected regional WA stores. Coles team members will also be wearing purple and running additional in-store fundraising initiatives, such as bake sales and barbecues. Another way customers can show their support is by purchasing a $2 donation card at the checkout, or rounding up the cost of their groceries with an additional donation.

 

Providing essential support

Purple House CEO Sarah Brown says the 2022 Coles Purple House fundraising campaign will help support the Return to Country program. “It means so much to our patients that Coles team members and customers across the Northern Territory and selected areas in regional WA want to support us,” she says. “The money raised will help dialysis patients, who are treated far from home, to get back on Country for important cultural business and precious time with family.”

 

Nurturing remote communities

In addition to the annual NAIDOC Week fundraising appeal, Purple House received a Coles Nurture Fund grant of $114,450 last year. The grant has enabled them to fit out a new commercial kitchen where meals are prepared for dialysis patients, as well as deliver health education and offer Indigenous employment opportunities. Over the past year, Purple House provided more than 10,000 remote dialysis treatments and supported more than 300 patients across its services.

“The money raised will help patients, who are treated far from home, to get back on Country.” Sarah Brown, CEO of Purple House

 

How to help

Coles customers in the NT and selected stores in regional WA can support Purple House from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July by buying a $2 donation card and wearing purple in store while they shop. For more information, go to purplehouse.org.au.