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Month: May 2024

My next steps: Jo Morris, Co-Founder

I am pleased to share some exciting news from the Reflections office.

As you know, in 2015, my dad and I officially launched Reflections and, over the last nine years the team has built our organisation to be a leader in reducing the impact of asbestos and bringing hope to those affected by it. 

As a Co-Founder, I take immense pride in announcing that Reflections has reached a significant milestone. We are now well-established and entering an exciting phase of growth. Consequently, I am transitioning away from day-to-day operational duties, confident in our capable team’s ability to carry forward our mission.

While it’s never easy to step back from something you’re so passionate about, both the timing and the organisation’s readiness will make the transition smooth.

I will remain the public face of Reflections and will maintain a crucial governance role as a Board Director. I’m also looking forward to joining an advisory group to champion the mesothelioma community at a national level.

These developments signal a strategic shift in our approach, reflecting a commitment to effective leadership and community advocacy. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of the work we do in and for the community. I look forward to what lies ahead as we continue to work together to reduce the impact of asbestos on the community.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to the Reflections team on 1800 031 731 or info@reflections.org.au

Best Wishes,

Jo Morris

Co-Founder

Life after mesothelioma: Tracey’s insight

Tracey’s husband, Geoff, passed from mesothelioma in 2022.

It has been two years since Tracey’s husband, Geoff, passed from mesothelioma. As many of us know, loss of a loved one is devastating and another emotionally challenging journey to endure.

One our Co-Founder, Jo Morris, and Support Network Coordinator, Lizz Clarke, know all too well having lost their father and husband, respectively, to mesothelioma.

Tracey reached out to us after Geoff passed and was touched and comforted by the support that Lizz provided. Connecting with someone who has walked the same path provided her with hope for the future.

“Having benefited from their care during my husband’s illness, I feel very passionate about the support space that Reflections facilitates. I felt like the load was shared once I connected with Reflections.”

Finding hope was also about finding happiness again, as she explains.

“Every day after my husband died, I was intentional about writing down a positive or happy moment – regardless of how I was feeling.

Reflecting on these has been really encouraging – a reminder that I can still find happiness in the every-day.”

After some time, Tracey joined our team as a Support Network Volunteer, and she has been making a difference ever since.

She is such a valued member of Reflections. You may have seen her at an event, spoken to her for support, or just seen her on our socials.

On this Volunteer Week we want to celebrate and acknowledge everything she does for our Reflections community.

Tracey is a wonderful, funny and kind person, who brightens our office with her smile.

She is living life to its fullest and is currently in Spain walking the Camino trail.

If you or a loved one needs support, please get in touch.

What was your reason this year?

Once again, the Meso Warriors were out in force on the streets of Perth, raising nearly $7,000 for asbestos awareness and mesothelioma support.

The HBF Run for a Reason is over for another year and what fun we had!

We had a total of 15 Meso Warriors hit the streets of Perth for a day filled with fun and community spirit. A huge thank you to all our supporters and participants, you all made the event our best yet!

The day started early as the Meso Warriors joined over 35,000 others in the CBD for the event. The crowd was growing, the atmosphere was building and then… we were off! Walking, running, rolling and strolling through the streets of Perth to raise awareness and funds for our reason, Reflections.

So far you, our wonderful meso community, have helped us raise $6,567 of our $10,000 target.

Donations are open until June 30th, all donations over $2 are tax deductible. https://bit.ly/3VMu0D6

If you are able to, please consider donating. We don’t receive any government funding and are solely reliant on donations to continue our vital work of supporting those affected by asbestos disease and raising awareness for the next generation.

Any amount is greatly appreciated and allows us to focus on our mission.

Thank you again to our fantastic Meso Warriors team, your participation and support means so much to each and every one of us at Reflections.

Hope to see you all again, with some additions, next year.

Meso Warriors: click here to see your photos from the event!