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    November 2018

    Bringing the risk of asbestos to the big stage. Reflections, in partnership with Master Builders, the Housing Industry Association and ANZ Enviro, are pleased to introduce the inaugural Steeltoes & Stilettos event to be held 9 March 2019.

    Set to become an iconic annual industry event, ‘tradies’ will be matched with models on a catwalk in the heart of the Perth CBD. Steeltoes & Stilettos focuses on raising awareness of the risks of asbestos in our built environment while raising funds for essential medical research into a treatment for the terminal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

    With the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world and significant amounts of in-situ asbestos in our built environment, asbestos has left a devastating legacy in WA. Raising awareness in the construction industry is crucial, and this landmark event will also help spread the message to the wider community.

    Perth’s building industry leaders – ambassadors to the event.

    John Gelavis, Executive Director Master Builders Association of WA, Reflections Ambassador

    “As a supporter of the inaugural Steeltoes & Stilettos event to be held in 2019, Master Builders salute the active role that Reflections Through Reality plays in raising awareness of the fatal risk of dealing with asbestos in the building and construction industry.

    Events such as these will bring the asbestos message to a wider audience and help make young people aware of the terrible outcomes associated with this dangerous substance.”

     

    Cath Hart, Executive Director, Housing Industry Association

    “The risk of exposure to asbestos fibres in the built environment is an issue which will need on going attention by everybody involved in the building industry for decades to come.

    Steeltoes & Stilettos is a great initiative for the industry to support and HIA is proud to partner with Reflections in raising awareness of the impact of asbestos in the community and the much needed funding required to underpin research into finding a cure for the dreaded mesothelioma disease.”

     

    Dale Alcock, Managing Director ABN Group, Reflections Ambassador

    “There remains an ongoing danger to our tradies and everyone working on sites where materials containing asbestos are present. Too many people have the impression that asbestos is a thing of the past, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

    There needs to be greater awareness and education as to the risks involved. Only through ongoing focus in this area will we truly reduce the impact of asbestos-related deaths in our community.”

     

    Michael McLean, Reflections Ambassador

    “Steel toes & stilettos won’t protect you from exposure to asbestos, but this event will help us to increase awareness of the dangers.

    More importantly, raising funds for researchers to find a cure for asbestos-related disease will help save the lives of those who have contracted a life-threatening illness through exposure to asbestos fibres.”

    The event and how you can be involved.

    Tradies (both male and female) will be ‘dobbed-in’ and sponsored to walk the runway with a model. Fundraising will take place in advance of the event, with the top fundraisers of each category being given opportunity to ‘strut-their-stuff’ on the evening. Fabulous prizes will be awarded.

    If you would like to the demonstrate your proactive stance in minimising the impact of asbestos, there are a number of opportunities for you to be part of this exciting event…

    • Sponsorship through financial contributions – align your brand with this fun event and the important message of asbestos awareness.
    • Donations of products or services – if your company has a product or service to offer as prizes or gift bag inclusions, we would appreciate your support.
    • Participation at the event – dob-in and sponsor a tradie AND attend on the night.

    Step up to play your part.

    For more information or to be involved, visit Steeltoes & Stilettos event website or contact:
    Jo Morris | jomo@reflections.org.au | 0407 255 221