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Purple bus with a big purpose in mind

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August 05, 2017

Belinda Adams and her daughter Mikaela Bradshaw with Bels Big Bus. Photo by Luke Hemer.

SYNAPSE Ambassador Belinda Adams and her big purple bus made a stopover in Echuca on Saturday as part of a five-week tour of Australia to raise awareness of brain injury.

Her mission began after her son Dylan, 25, sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident five years ago.

‘‘I became an integral part of my son’s rehabilitation and after five years of hard work and rehabilitation he is back working and leading an independent life,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s been a long journey and along the way it was through my firsthand experience I realised the lack of funding, resources and information available to those affected so have made it my personal mission to raise awareness and funds for this invisible disability.’’

Belinda set off from her hometown of Brisbane on July 18 and will travel through every state except Western Australia before arriving back in Brisbane for Brain Injury Awareness Week, starting on August 22.

Along the way, she will stop with her bus at hospitals, schools, local community groups and venues to continue raising awareness for brain injuries and ‘‘to shine a light on this invisible disability and attempt to break down barriers for a more inclusive community’’.

Belinda drove from Yarrawonga to Echuca on Saturday before leaving again on Sunday, her trip then taking her through stops at Cohuna and Lake Charm on her way downriver to Swan Hill.

‘‘I wanted to go to the small communities as part of a giant wave of awareness,’’ she said.

She hopes to raise $5000 for Synapse through a GoFundMe page which can be accessed at gofundme.com/belsbigbustour

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