In 2012, Angela Kalantzis suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury when, as she puts it, had an ‘altercation’ with a camper trailer. The mother of two, loves to share her lived experience (with humour where she can) to support others, to accept, adapt to and find fulfilment in a new way of living after a brain injury.
Angela founded The Brain Injury Community, a not-for-profit charity, in 2021. The charity provides a range of support services for people who have been impacted by brain injury and disability.
“We promote quality of life, self- determination, and choice through information, specialist support, networking, events and by connecting Brain Injury survivors with each other and service providers in their local area,” Angela explains.
“Additionally, we guide families, support workers, allied health workers, medical professionals and the Disability sector with an understanding of their patient’s day to day lives, with a view to enhance the support we receive for this ‘Invisible Disability’.”
The Wynnum community got behind The Brain Injury Community at their inaugural fundraising event, which was held at The Waterloo Bay Hotel in Wynnum, on the 26th May, 2023.
The night was brimming with a joyous atmosphere, as 36 guests relished in the enchanting melodies of Nix Gross, a talented Bayside performer and artist.
Thanks to the unwavering support of our volunteers, local businesses, and sponsors, The Brain Injury Community Inc. was able to amass over $3500 in funds for their charity members, their families and their support networks.
Charity founder Angela Kalantzis said “All funds raised will enable us to establish vital social and support connections for individuals with brain injuries, as well as their loved ones and support system.”
“These fundraising initiatives enable us to offer valuable resources and educational opportunities to professionals who aspire to augment their understanding and awareness of brain injuries.”
“In our perspective, this exemplifies the epitome of locals supporting locals.”
The Brain Injury Community Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation, for more information or to Donate, please visit www.thebraininjurycommunity.org.au
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