The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Walk for Research and Awareness is an annual event to raise lifesaving funds for medical research into a cure for mesothelioma and to raise awareness of the risks of asbestos exposure.
At the height of the industry, Australia imported more asbestos per capita than any other nation. As a result, Australian workers in blue-collar trades across a range of industries suffered exposure to asbestos in large numbers.
Working people in the construction, power and manufacturing industries are likely to develop incurable diseases years or even decades after being exposed to asbestos. Deadly cancers, progressive lung diseases and a range of other conditions cuts lives short and rob families of their loved ones.
There is still a lot of work to do in the fight against asbestos diseases. Because of the long period between exposure and the onset of illness - up to forty years - deaths from asbestos are not predicted to peak until as late as 2020.
The ETUWA is committed to supporting the Asbestos Diseases Society and so we’re asking our members to get involved with the 2017 Walk for Research and Awareness.
We are inviting members to join us to walk in solidarity from the Perth Wellington Street Train Station to Solidarity Park / Parliament House on Friday 15th September 2017 from 9:45am for a 10:00am start.
For those that cannot attend, we encourage you to make a donation to the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia. Your donation will go towards supporting our world-renowned researchers to continue with their noble work to treat patients and find a cure for mesothelioma. The ADSA Walk funds an ongoing PhD mesothelioma research scholarship to attract the best clinicians/scientists researching and working with mesothelioma patients and will be supervised by Professor Anna Nowak and the NCARD team at the University of Western Australia.
Those not in attendance can also follow along and receive updates by following the ADSA’s Facebook page.
Proud to be Union,
Secretary ETU WA Branch