Glenrose Village Shopping Centre is a proud supporting partner of the upcoming documentary premiere of “The Unknown Upside”, which will be shown at Sydney’s Northern Beaches Theatre in Oxford Falls from 30th March, 2019.

We recently caught up with documentary maker, Libby Lombardo, whose story is told about raising a child with disability on the Northern beaches in Sydney, Australia.

From its conception to completion and funding one and half years later, the tale is about the unexpected adversary in people’s lives and how through social media and the greater local community a family turned their experience into a positive, educational journey.

  1. What motivated you to film, co-direct and participate in “The Unknown Upside”?

Through sharing Isabella’s story, a truthful recount of dealing with adversary, we’ve garnered a lot of positive support and most importantly, much need awareness.

In the first 4 years, as a family, we shared nothing on the social media, too saddened and at loss with the medical woes and opinion of “others”. However, we soon discovered through sharing with the wider community, that everyone benefited from the outpouring of support, including Isabella.

  • Why involve Glenrose Village in the promotion of the documentary?

Being a family that resides near-by, we often shopped for groceries at Glenrose Village and so it’s featured in the doco. We enjoy shopping here as parking for electric chairs is easy and the centre is easy for Isabella to get around as there are no steps, unlike at other centres.

  • What’s next for you and Isabella?

Making this documentary has inspired us to continue raising more awareness on cerebral palsy in Australia. We want to make Isabella’s treatment available in Australia and are looking at making special needs bicycles more affordable. We’ve launched a campaign aptly called “All Kids Deserve a Bike” to raise more money for Isabella’s next treatment plus have more bikes to giveaway to other kids like Isabella.

Come along to the movie premiere on Saturday 30th March at Oxford Falls, it’s going to be a great night, with drinks and nibbles available plus the chance to mingle with celebrities, politicians and media partners on the night.

Help the family raise the much needed $100,000 for Isabella’s next treatment and buy tickets today:

“Help Isabella and kids like her get the treatments they need”, Lombardo concludes passionately.

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