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Michael Barnes and the Heroic Crew of the 2022 Lismore Floods.

Amid the catastrophic 2022 Lismore floods, a heartwarming example of teamwork and unity came to light through the actions of Michael Barnes. His story, now portrayed in “Washed Away,” captures a journey defined by unwavering dedication and selflessness, leaving an indelible impact on the community.

As the floodwaters surged, Michael’s first concern was ensuring his family’s safety. However, his compassion extended far beyond his immediate circle. With incredible determination, he transformed his helicopter base into a haven of hope, rallying an enthusiastic yet inexperienced group. This diverse team, guided by Michael, embarked on a series of courageous search and rescue missions.

The heart of Michael’s journey goes beyond the  rescues; it’s rooted in the sense of unity. The film beautifully portrays the camaraderie that blossomed as ordinary individuals came together in the face of adversity. The team ignited an unwavering commitment to rebuilding the community.

This legacy extends beyond the immediate impact of the team’s deeds. “Washed Away” quietly conveys the power of collective effort and teamwork. It serves as a reminder that in times of crisis, even the simplest acts of selflessness can contribute to something life-changing. Michael’s story gently emphasises; it’s about the choices we make when confronted with challenges.

As the film concludes, viewers are left with a deep appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit. Michael Barnes’ story remains an inspiration, illustrating how ordinary individuals can shine as extraordinary citizens, particularly in the darkest moments. In a world that often glorifies fictional superheroes, “Washed Away” humbly reminds us that true heroes are those who step up for their communities when it matters most.

As you await the chance to experience this remarkable narrative on screen, we invite you to immerse yourself in the emotions, courage, and sense of unity that “Washed Away” encapsulates. By securing your ticket, you’re not just supporting a film that celebrates resilience; you’re becoming an essential part of a journey fueled by hope and teamwork. Join us in honouring Michael Barnes’ contributions and the unwavering spirit of the Northern Rivers community. Your support truly makes a meaningful impact.

Rebecca Matkovic-Helou

Author Rebecca Matkovic-Helou

Rebecca Matkovic-Helou is a versatile creative professional who has made her mark in film writing, producing, and as the Creative Director of SOCIALFUEL.

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