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Fundraiser for animals in need

Saturday, 14th June, 2014

Lachy Wayman (6), Jethro Deery (4) and Bailey Wayman (7) playing with six-week-old foster puppies taken on by a BH Pet Rescue foster carer. These pups will soon be off to a rescue group. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Lachy Wayman (6), Jethro Deery (4) and Bailey Wayman (7) playing with six-week-old foster puppies taken on by a BH Pet Rescue foster carer. These pups will soon be off to a rescue group. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

Broken Hill Pet Rescue, with the help of the Silver City Cinema, will be having a movie fundraiser today.

‘Healing’ is a powerful moving story of redemption, the discovery of hope and healing of the spirit - in the most unlikely place for the most unique men, through the most unusual catalyst.

It stars Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel,

President of BH Pet Rescue, Alicia Stewart said Silver City’s John Wren approached her to ask if they would like to do the fundraiser.

“Hugo Weaving actually took the film into the cinema and spoke to John and asked if it could be used for fundraising for a local animal rescue group,” Alicia said.

“Then John contacted me. We are very grateful for the opportunity.

“We want to thank John for supporting us and screening the film to help raise money.”

Part of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the rescue group and money raised from a door raffle will also go towards the group.

“We have received a bit of interest but we would love to see more public support,” Alicia said.

“The fundraiser is supporting us, but you are also supporting the cinema - who are screening the film.”

Alicia said it was an Australia-made film with a great premise.

Viktor Kahdem (Don Hany) is a man who has almost given up on life, sentenced to a low-security prison farm, a completely non-threatening environment where it is still felt that some individuals can be reformed.

At Won Wron, Case Worker Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors - beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls.

Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, the majestic wedge tailed eagle with a two metre wingspan.

“It’s quite revolutionary, in some American prisons they have introduced a dog rehabilitation program,” Alicia said.

“It’s a similar idea. It shows the power animals have to rehabilitate and help people.”

“The money raised goes towards helping rehome animals. This year, we have been able to rehome and move over 300 animals to other rescue organisations.

“All our fundraising goes to supporting that.”

Tickets are $40 for a family of four, $10 for children and $13.50 for adults.

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