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Lynette and Maria between the Stirling Ranges and Gnowangerup

The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Walk for Research and Awareness 2015 started in the iconic Western Australian town of Albany with a Walk Around Town on Sunday 13 September 2015. The ADSA Walkers enjoyed lovely weather while seeing the sites of this historic town in the centenary year commemorating the embarkation of the ANZAC force from Albany.

Thank you to all the Albany locals who joined us to start our 4th annual ADSA Walk for Research and Awareness and to Rotary Albany for the delicious sausage sizzle.

ADSA WALK 2015 –

The Great Southern Weekender 10th September 2015

The Great Southern Weekender 17th September 2015

The Great Southern Herald 17th September 2015

ADSA Walk Photo Gallery

Start of the ADSA Walk 2015 - Albany

Please read on for the daily log.

Monday 14 September 2014

Having started the ADSA Walk 2015 on Sunday with a Walk Around Town in Albany the ADSA Walkers on a wet Monday morning began the long walk to Perth from Bakers Junction, on the Chester Pass Road. Conditions were very challenging as each team of ADSA Walkers completed their 5km or 10km section passing through the Chester Pass and stopping at the Bluff Knoll Café for lunch. Burgers fresh off the BBQ and hot drinks revived everyone with a warm fire in the Café to dry us off.

The ADSA Walkers at Bluff Knoll Café

Thank you to Jacqui and all the staff at the Bluff Knoll Café for making us so welcome.

The sun came out for the afternoon stretch from Bluff Knoll Café to Gnowangerup. A few Walkers took advantage of the opportunity to snap some photos of the wild flowers that proliferated along the edge of the road and a quick photo in front of the Stirling Ranges. Once we arrived in Gnowangerup everyone was in great spirits and ready for a fun night at Kobeelya House in Katanning.

Bev and Lyn with wildflowers and the Stirling Ranges in the background

Dancing Orchid

Tuesday 15 September 2015

On Tuesday after a chilly but sunny morning the ADSA Walkers started from Gnowangerup walking through open farm country on the Great Southern Highway. Lunch was in Broomehill at the picturesque Holland Memorial Park where everyone enjoyed excellent coffee from the local Café. The day ended in the community of Woodanilling a hidden gem just off the Great Southern Highway. Thank you the Woodanilling Shire staff for their warm welcome and support for the ADSA Walk 2015.

The ADSA Walkers shaking the tin in Woodanilling

Our youngest supporters in Katanning

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Wednesday morning started back at Woodanilling with everyone feeling fine after a wonderful stay at the historic old Kobeelya manor house. There were several ghost stories floating about, but fortunately if there was a presence everyone slept so well that the ghosts could have held a dance party and we wouldn't have heard a thing.

The Great Southern Highway was a delight for our Walkers and on arrival in Wagin everyone piled into Cresswell's Emporium for cake, coffee, and awesome gifts and souvenirs. Cresswell's is a classic old style general store with the hospitality to match.

Rose Marie and Lee at Cresswell's Emporium

The ADSA Walkers with supporters from Wagin at the Giant Ram

Lunch was waiting for us just around the corner at the Giant Ram Park. The Giant Ram is a fantastic landmark and was an excellent rest stop for our Walkers. Rose Marie had a surprise visit from a local family she had assisted that came down to the Giant Ram Park to join us for lunch and to thank her for all her help at a very difficult time.

The afternoon found us winding our way through Narrogin to end the day in Cuballing. We then spent a chilly night at the Lions Dryandra Woodlands Village in the centre of the unique Dryandra Woodlands. Thursday 17 September 2015

Thursday started frosty but fresh with the ADSA Walkers excited to be completing the road walking in Brookton at the end of the Great Southern Highway. Everyone was in a playful relaxed mood making for some great photos in Popanyinning, Pingelly, and Brookton.

Thursday night was spent at the Serpentine Retreat which borders on Serpentine National Park. A place for reflection and healing the ADSA Walkers enjoyed their stay immensely taking time to sit around the outdoor fire and share their thoughts with each other.

Kerry, Steve, and Billy enjoying a well-earned break in Pingelly

Jo checking out a new ride in Pingelly

Daniel and Cleo 'Wandering' which way to go

Michelle and Shirley having a laugh at the Pingelly Pub

Kerry our Coach Driver re-living the good old days in Pingelly

End of the road everyone at the old Brookton Train Station

Friday 18 September 2015

The last day of the ADSA Walk 2015 started at the Armadale Train Station with everyone taking the train into the Perth Train Station where they were met by Prof Anna Nowak, Prof Bruce Robinson, their medical research teams, ADSA supporters, family and friends, for the walk up to Parliament House.

Everyone at the Perth Train Station ready for the walk up to Parliament House

Murray Street Mall

Harvest Terrace

Group photo at Solidarity Park

Lee sounding the siren and officially ending the ADSA Walk 2015

Thank you to:

Prof Anna Nowak, Prof Bruce Robinson, and Robert Vojakovic AM, for their kind words

addressing the ADSA Walkers their families, friends, and supporters, at the winding up the

ADSA Walk 2015. Also a big thank you to Dr Greg Deleuil, the AWU, the CFMEU, Slater &

Gordon, the Research Team from QEII and NCARD, ADSA Staff, friends, family, supporters,

and of course the ADSA Walkers.

Thank you also to:

Garry our irreplaceable Pilot Driver.

Steve our Walker Coordinator.

Kerry our excellent driver and Adams Coachlines.

Randall and James of Randall's Roasts our fabulous cooks.

Osborne Park Pharmacy

Rotary Albany

Vicki Clark


Minuteman Osborne Park

Tony's House of Tender Meats

Mondello and Mondo Doro

Rotary Club of Albany Youth Camp

Kobeelya House

Lions Dryandra Woodlands Village

Serpentine Retreat

Contact Simone at the ADSA Office on 9344 4077 or by email: if you have any questions.

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