Newcastle LWB Story Screening
June 14th on the cold Newcastle night was a special one! Over 160 people came along to the beautiful vintage Tower Cinemas to see the Newie premiere of The LWB Story.
Joining us for the screening was Life Without Barriers Chair Terry Lawler and Chief Executive Claire Robbs. Terry shared some inspiring words and personal reflections as one of the original founders of Life Without Barriers. They were joined in the front row by LWB Board Member Tracey McCosker and Executive Director of Corporate Services and Finance, John O’Connor.
Ray Kelly Jr did a beautiful Welcome to Country from the Awabakal people.
Most importantly, we joined in the spiritual home of Life Without Barriers – Newcastle – by Director of Values, Loretta Perry. The LWB Story was thanks to her. It has been her passion project and for all of us to view it on the big screen along with Loretta was a moving and special moment.
We were joined at the screening by a number of stars of the film, over 90 amazing LWB staff members, over 20 LWB clients and over 30 members of the general public.
Also in attendance – a number of partners from FaCS, CSA, Core Project, Viatek, Real Futures and GWG and Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club – who were clearly blown away by the passionate commitment LWB demonstrates to break down barriers and create opportunity for people with disabilities, children in out-of-home care, people living with mental health challenges, asylum seekers and refugees, and older Australians.
The end of the film was marked with a loud round of applause and excited and inspired chatter about all of the amazing work Life Without Barriers does across the country.
But the night belonged to the stars of the film. Life Without Barriers acknowledges all of the amazing people who were interviewed for this film, all 110 people to be exact, for donating their time, for sharing their stories, experiences and preparing to be vulnerable to help us make The LWB Story. While not everyone interviewed has featured in the film, all of the stories struck a powerful chord with the audience and a few tears were shed.
The LWB Story, is OUR story – the story of Life Without Barriers courage to learn, adapt and innovate along the way, always putting our people at the heart of everything we do.