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Better than Buckley’s

Friday, 7th June, 2019

Former local Belinda Adams is in town to work on the film ‘Buckley’s Chance’ and is running a fundraiser for Brain Injury awareness. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Former local Belinda Adams is in town to work on the film ‘Buckley’s Chance’ and is running a fundraiser for Brain Injury awareness. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

One lucky local will have the chance to spend a day on a film set thanks to a fundraiser for brain injury awareness.

As the movie ‘Buckley’s Chance’ is currently being shot in Broken Hill, a former local working on the set had the chance to raise funds and awareness around Brian Injury.

Production runner Belinda Adams shared her journey of her son Dylan’s near fatal car accident and the traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation with the film’s producer Gil Adler.

Speaking with Mr Adler and his wife Jeannie, Ms Adams had no idea where it would lead.

“Hearing how Belinda cared for her son through years of rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to be living an independent life again, inspired me to want to give back to the local community,” Mr Adler said.

Ms Adams is no stranger to raising awareness for TBI, having driven herself through six states in 32 days during ‘Belinda’s Big Bus Tour’ in 2017 as an advocate for brain injury awareness.

“Gil and Jeannie asked me about my passions and I told them about being a brain injury advocate.

“I also spoke about the importance for rehabilitation and resilience.

“They told me they wanted to give back to the community.”

Ms Adams said she connected with the local ‘DRUMBEAT’ project; which is having great success in the city.

She said she’s now partnered with Nicky Wright (Social Work Academic at Broken Hill University of Rural Health and local facilitator of the  

DRUMBEAT program) and local social worker and African drummer Ali Lloyd. 

Together, they designed the pilot DRUMBEAT program to support people with TBI in their rehabilitation.

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT (Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts) is an evidenced-based therapeutic drumming program that uses Djembe hand drums to engage participants in activities aimed at improving social and emotional wellbeing. 

“The staff at Interhealth are involved in the program too,” Ms Adams said.

“We’re aiming to raise $5,000 to purchase the drums to be donated to Interhealth.”

A donation of $10 will put you in the running to spend a day on set of a feature film and support this great community initiative.

Any and all travel costs incurred to get to Broken Hill to claim the prize will be the responsibility of the winner.

The winner will be announced Sunday, June 23. To be entered you can donate via the GoFundMe page or head to the Facebook page.

For more information, please go to: www.gofundme.com/banging-the-drum-4-brain-injury-amp-their-carers or www.facebook.com/pg/Banging-the-Drum-4- 


Ms Adams said she will also reach out to community and sporting groups to see if they might place donation tins around town.

“We will be at the Broken Hill Outback Resort on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm to pass the bucket around,” she said.

“It was very generous of Gil to offer and the reaction to get things up and running has been pretty cool.”

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