Karen Banton and Rod Smith of the Bernie Banton Foundation with Anne Stonier, Dean Comrie and Steven Hains of Greencap.
On the 20th of November 2017, the foundation held the Bernie Banton Day 2017 Greencap Corporate Breakfast at NSW Parliament House in Sydney, attended by supporters of the foundation, sufferers and their families, parliamentarians and corporates.
As National Risk Management Supporter, Greencap sponsored the event which was held to commemorate and honour Bernie Banton AM in the 10th year since his passing.
Australia has the second highest rate of asbestos related cancer deaths in the world per capita, after the UK. In Australia, two people are diagnosed each day with mesothelioma cancer and two people die each day as a result of mesothelioma cancer. This was all sobering news to the guests attending the Corporate breakfast.
10 years on – Looking back, looking forward
It was a morning of reflection as attendees looked back and heard from distinguished guests and speakers Prof, Hon. Bob Carr, and Greg Combet AM as they recalled the fighting spirit of Bernie during the tough negotiations with James Hardie Industries.
Karen Banton spoke about the Foundation’s work, past present and vision for the future in supporting suffers of asbestos related diseases.
Dr Willem ‘Joost’ Lesterhuis (Researcher with the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases Perth WA) spoke to ‘Looking Forward’ and the role of research in making asbestos disease a thing of the past.
The Bernie Banton Foundation Awards:
Bernie Banton Foundation awards were also announced at the breakfast, honouring extraordinary achievements of individuals in the support of the foundation.
- Bernie Banton Award – Greg Combet AM – who was instrumental in the negotiations with James Hardie Industries with Bernie Banton
- Community Hero Award – Mary Moutzouris – who held a birthday afternoon tea to raise money for the Foundation in honour of her late husband, a mesothelioma sufferer
- Young Aussie Inspiration Award – Madi Gibson – a 12 year old girl raising money for the foundation in honour of her late grandfather (a mesothelioma sufferer) at school and at the Home Shows
- Trail to Triumph Award – Richard Apps – the sole person to finish the arduous 250km trail from Moranbah to Mackay as part of this annual fundraising event
All the attendees to this special event were both moved and motivated by the need to support the Bernie Banton Foundation’s cause – providing invaluable support to mesothelioma sufferers and to expand its vital asbestos related diseases support and awareness services. It is estimated that by 2030, asbestos related diseases will have killed 60,000 Australians.
About the foundation
The Bernie Banton Foundation provides support and advocacy to sufferers of asbestos related diseases and their loved ones.
Greencap commenced a partnership with the foundation as National Risk Management Supporter in 2017.
Learn more on the Bernie Banton Foundation website