Asbestos is a silent killer
Asbestos-related diseases are expected to affect more than 50,000 Australians over the next two decades with a new wave of potential victims, including home renovators and tradespeople, who have unknowingly been exposed to fibres in domestic building situations.
But there’s no cure
There is no known cure for mesothelioma and many other asbestos related diseases. Symptoms may take many years to show and suffering can be long and painful, both physically and emotionally. It impacts sufferers, their families and the wider community.
The plumbing industry is among that new wave of potential sufferers and that's why the Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of WA is throwing its support behind the Asbestos Diseases Association of Australia (ADSA) to raise much-needed funds for research to continue. Because as long as research funding is available, there is hope of finding a cure.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
Fomer AFL player and plumbing apprentices Field Officer Brett Peake, and plumber and musician Dean Harnett, will represent the Master Plumbers Association in ADSA's annual Walk for Research and Awareness, which takes place from September 10-16 between Geraldton and Perth.
Dean and musician Peter Oats have also written a song, Mystery Blue, inspired by the death of a friend's father from mesothelioma, which they hope can be used to further raise awareness and drive education around the risks of asbestos.
Last year the walk and associated activities raised more than $80,000, which was donated to Professor Anna Nowak and her team who are conducting world-leading research into asbestos diseases through the University of WA and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
The objective this year is to raise even more.
Because more funding means more research - and more research means we are closer to finding a cure.
You can help us
Throw your support - and your donations - behind Brett and Dean so they can help ADSA break the $100,000 mark this year.
And how's this for a perk?
The greatest reward will be knowing that every dollar you donate will be used to fund research into finding effective treatments - and ultimately a cure - for asbestos related diseases.
But if you donate $50 or more, we'll send you a copy of Dean Harnett's Mystery Blue (and maybe a few other examples of his songwriting prowess).
We'll post regular updates on the Master Plumbers website as Brett and Dean ready themselves for the big walk.
Thank you very much for your valuable support!