The Bulurru Foundation

The Bulurru Foundation

Bulurru has been around since the 1980's, introducing a unique collection of Authentic Aboriginal Art designed products, including Fabrics, Manchester, Clothing and Souvenirs. Over the years many products have been added to our vast range and today that range includes Art panels, Travel accessories and many other items too numerous to mention. Many of our products are Australian Made or printed in Australia.

Indigenous art is centred on story telling and conveys knowledge of the land, events and beliefs of the Aboriginal people. The use of symbols is an alternate way to writing down stories of cultural significance, teaching survival and use of the land. Symbols are used by Aboriginal people in their art to preserve their culture and tradition. They are also used to depict various stories and are still used today in contemporary Aboriginal Art.

We collaborate with Indigenous Artists and Communities around Australia many of whom continue to receive royalties or alternatively outright payments for their designs. Your support has a direct financial benefit for many of the indigenous communities from which our designs are sourced through either these Royalties or through our donations from The Bulurru Foundation to many worthwhile projects that take place in the communities.

We welcome nominations from organisers of community projects for donations to help fund their work.

Giving Back To The Community

Burbaga Burawa Sponsorship 

Bulurru is a proud sponsor of the Burbaga Burawa Teams in 2020. We provided a total of 72 polo shirts designed by our very own artists featuring our Desert Kangaroo design (by Susan Betts).

Burbaga Burawa health challenge teams was formed in 2019.

The team committee had structured a 10 week health challenge tackling weight loss and entering 2 teams into the NSW Aboriginal health challenge: competing against 35 teams across NSW in the challenge.

The BB committee has planned 10 week program for 60 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community members to participate in the 10 week challenge. The participates selected for the 60 spots were struggling with one of the following: Obesity, Diabetes or other Chronic diseases.

The program providers 10 week gym membership; Personal trainers for our teams ; eating guide / cooking demo online and group yea I ing sessions Monday to Friday every night 1 hour session.

The Burbaga Burawa teams have been very successful; winning 2019 challenges back to back placing 1st and 3rd...
Overall the winning shield is based on our mob living healthy lifestyles and our program has demonstrated success stories from many participates who have lost that 20kg + and now living healthy life and hopefully a lot longer.. #Closingthegap

The Burbaga Burawa committee continues to provide the 10 week program to community doing 2020 Covid = placing 3rd and 4th in 2019 challenge 1.
Challenge 2 = 2020 is just kicked off into week 2 and we are set to gain our title back... Go teams #BB

nunga's story

My name is Sara and I work at Aboriginal legal rights. I had been working with a family and a little 12-year-old called Spencer. Poor little Spencer was killed in a rubbish bin in Port Lincoln in June. Spencer and 2 other boys were asleep in the rubbish bin when the truck emptied it. Unfortunately, Spencer was deaf and did not hear the truck. I am also a racehorse trainer and have called a yearling I bought Spencer's Spirit after Spencer. I will be donating 20% of all winnings to the family. I really want to race the horse in Aboriginal print colours. I am wanting this to get a lot of exposure in the racing industry and help create a scholarship indigenous work program for racing SA. Is there any chance you could help me with this? I so much appreciate your help.
Regards Sara.

We helped Sara with her project and donated our design “On Walkabout Blue” for her to use on the saddle cloth for her horse and on husband (Jockey and Trainer David Tootell’s) racing silks.

Well, here you go, without you this wouldn't of been possible. Here are some photos from race day. He ran a fantastic 4th.
Thank you so much the family are thrilled. I have called my little filly 'On Walkabout ' In honour of all your help and to the artist. Could you please forward this email around to all that helped?
Many thanks,  Sara

NUNGAS STORY: It was November last year and we took Ponty Paul up to be served at Ducatoon Park. Peter Toole was nice enough to take us around the stud to look at all the young stock. There was a colt standing on his own and Peter told us the story that he had been sold at the sales and never paid for so after a battle he ended up back at Ducatoon. He was now a 4-year colt that no one wanted. Many had said they would take him, but they never showed up. His kind eyes appealed to my heart, and I said to Peter, I will take him. So, he was gelded and broken over the Xmas of 2020. Many people doubted this horse they laughed and called him stupid as this big 17 hand BARBADOS boy was pulled to the track. People wondered why we bothered. That big boy race name DREAMTIME WARRIOR now a 5-year-old - now people look and cannot believe that same horse is now a fine-looking athlete. He will be the first horse to wear my Indigenous colours called "On Walkabout" made up of tiny blue footprints representing the young Indigenous youth. I have a few horses that will represent the indigenous community. Any money these horses win, a percentage will go back into education of Indigenous youth. So, that's Nungas story. I will have a tear as I walk him around that parade ring for the first time but will hold my head high. You made it Nunga, and I couldn't be prouder if you and his trainer David Tiger Tootell for believing in him.

Sacred Heart College Geelong - Thank You

Dear Bulurru,

I wanted to provide you with some photos and feedback from our “Unity Day” that ran on Monday the 19th of October. It was a huge success and so were your beautiful scrunchies which sold out in 11 minutes! All our students were asking "when will you get more?" 😊

The 2020 college captains and FIRE Carrier at Sacred Heart College worked collaboratively with the other Geelong Catholic schools to develop and celebrate “Unity Day”! On this day, the Sacred Heart College community came together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, raising awareness of the inequalities that exist between First Nations and non-First Nations people.

Staff and students were invited to wear a black shirt as a sign of solidarity and to sign the “Pillar of Unity”! Gold coin donations were collected at the start of the day, and scrunchies featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designs from Bulurru were also sold. All money raised on “Unity Day” was donated to the Opening the Doors Foundation. The Opening the Doors Foundation began in 2001 with the aim of addressing the enduring educational challenges experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. The foundation provides assistance to Melbourne and Victorian families so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive education environment for their children.

The scrunchies from Bulurru were a huge hit, selling out in just 11 minutes! Thank you to Bulurru for supporting both the Sacred Heart College community and the Opening the Doors Foundation in working towards a future of true and genuine unity!

Letter of Thanks

Dear Bulurru,

We, the Sacred Heart College community, would like to thank you for helping us to celebrate our “Unity Day”!

I wanted to provide you with some photos and feedback from our special day that ran on Monday the 19th of October.

The 2020 college captains and FIRE Carrier at Sacred Heart College worked collaboratively with the other Geelong Catholic schools to develop and celebrate “Unity Day”! On this day, the Sacred Heart College community came together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, raising awareness of the inequalities that exist between First Nations and non-First Nations people.

Staff and students were invited to wear a black shirt as a sign of solidarity and to sign the “Pillar of Unity”! Gold coin donations were collected at the start of the day, and scrunchies featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designs from Bulurru were also sold. All money raised on “Unity Day” was donated to the Opening the Doors Foundation. The Opening the Doors Foundation began in 2001 with the aim of addressing the enduring educational challenges experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. The foundation provides assistance to Melbourne and Victorian families so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive education environment for their children.

The scrunchies from Bulurru were a huge hit, selling out in just 11 minutes! Thank you to Bulurru for supporting both the Sacred Heart College community and the Opening the Doors Foundation in working towards a future of true and genuine unity!

Claire Connell
Faith and Mission Animation Coordinator
Sacred Heart College Geelong 

SURAT ABORIGINAL CORPORATION

We recently donated our brand new stock of  Toiletry Bags to this organisation for their fundraising efforts in the community. Here is their letter of thanks.

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITYAs part of our "Giving Back To The Community" initiative, we are giving away some of our Authentic Art Works in the form of canvas prints.  If your organisation would like to be the lucky recipient of one of these canvases then please contact us by email to tell us why your organisation would love to display our art and who it will benefit.  We have previously given to Aboriginal Community Centres, Schools with Traditional Aboriginal Values or that have a large population of Indigenous children.