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Steeltoes & Stilettos will return to the runway later this year

The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived! We are excited to announce STEELTOES & STILETTOS will be returning to the runway as we once again bring the risk of asbestos to the big stage.

Asbestos has left a devastating legacy in Western Australia with the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world and the most in-situ asbestos of all states. Asbestos can still be found in 1 in 3 Australian homes and every year in Australia there are an estimated 4,000 deaths from past exposure to the deadly material. This landmark event not only increases awareness within industry, but also spreads the message to the wider community.

Tradies register and raise funds for the opportunity to walk the catwalk with a model at the main event to be held in the heart of Perth’s CBD. There are several runway categories representing different trades including electrical, carpentry, masonry, plumbing and finishes. On the night, the red carpet will be rolled out and guests will enjoy drinks and canapés as the top ten fundraising tradies in each category strut their stuff in the hope of being named this year’s Model Tradie of the Year!

Are you a busines owner?
Do you align with the message of asbestos safety?
Few events offer this kind of brand exposure.
If you would like to see your company name up in lights, contact us to find out more. There are a range of opportunities, and we are happy to tailor a package to suit.

Follow the event on Facebook and Instagram and keep an eye out for more information.

Here are some pics from our last event…

“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.”

Dale Alcock – REFLECTIONS AMBASSADOR, Managing Director ABN Group

A year in reflection

Thank you to our supporters!

As we look back on the past financial year, prepare audit reports and plan for the year ahead, we would like to say, “THANK YOU!” As a volunteer-run organisation, we rely on your support to carry out the work we do in and for the community.

A quick overview of our past year…

Support

Our support group continues to be an encouragement for people affected by asbestos-related disease, both sufferers and families alike. Whether relaxing over coffee and cake at our monthly morning tea or enjoying a picnic in the park, friendships are made, and bonds formed. Sadly, we have lost some of the group to mesothelioma over the past year, but their memory lives on. We are thankful for the time we had with each of them.

We are excited to be forming a relationship with Solaris Cancer Care who have extended their warm hospitality to our group. Providing support, wellness programs, and many other fantastic resources, we look forward to growing this connection. Our monthly morning teas are held at their beautiful offices in Cottesloe on the first Monday of each month. Contact us to find out more…new members are always welcome!

Support Group

Awareness

Fun, fashion and fundraising combined in March with the smashing event – STEELTOES & STILETTOS. This unique event brought the risk of asbestos to the big stage as tradies were sponsored to walk the catwalk with a model on the night.

The Foundation would like to personally thank our major sponsors – ANZ Enviro, ABN Group, Steel Blue, Planet Acoustics & Architecture, Clipsal by Schneider Electric and our community sponsors along with the courageous tradies and everyone who helped make the night such a huge success. This sensational event would not have been possible nor so successful, without so much amazing support!

The $30,000 raised by the tradies will be used to create further awareness of the risks of asbestos to reduce the ongoing impact of asbestos on our community.

Steeltoes & Stilettos 2019

Research

We are proud to support some of the world’s leading experts in mesothelioma research. Thanks to our donors, this past year we were able to donate $30,000 to a Post-Doctoral Fellowship through the Cancer Council. Jonathan Chee and his colleagues, in association with Professor Anna Nowak and her team, are researching responses to immunotherapy in mesothelioma sufferers, aspiring to better treatment outcomes.

As this financial year draws to a close, we invite you to make a donation so that we can keep doing this important work. All donations $2 and over are tax deductible and will be used to reduce the impact of asbestos on our community.

One final note from our founder, Barry Knowles…“My prayer is that a cure will be discovered for those who will suffer this horrible disease in years to come. And that young people are made aware to avoid exposure.”

Thank you again for your support.

2018 Tax Appeal – Professor Lyn Beazley

“I am delighted and honoured to be Patron to the Reflections Through Reality Foundation. The dedicated team is supporting the world class research taking place here in Western Australia seeking a cure for mesothelioma. I also applaud their work in increasing awareness of the risks of asbestos in the community along with supporting sufferers of asbestos-related disease. I am proud to be part of the fight to make this cruel disease a thing of our past and not our future.”

Professor Lyn Beazley

We invite you to be part of this important work either through a one-off donation or regular giving. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support.