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Bev and Rob near Bridgetown

The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Walk for Research and Awareness 2014 took in some of the most beautiful roads and towns in the South West of WA.

Please read on for the daily log.

15 September 2014

Starting in Pemberton on Monday the ADSA Walk participants walked in relay covering 5km to 10 kms at a time.  On the first day the ADSA Walkers followed the South West Highway, lunching in Manjimup and finishing for the day in Bridgetown.

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ADSA Walk Photo Gallery

The start of the ADSA Walk Pemberton

Thank you to Manjimup-Pemberton Shire President, Wade De Campo, for starting the ADSA Walkers off from Pemberton.  Thank you also to the Irene Worth Foundation members for joining us for lunch in Manjimup and all their fundraising efforts.  

Cheers to Donnelly River Village for their kind donation of ice cream for the
Walkers dessert.

ADSA Walkers near Diamond Tree Lookout

16 September 2014

On Tuesday starting from Bridgetown the ADSA Walkers made their way through sun drenched landscapes in perfect spring weather.

Lidia, Sean, and Jo near Balingup

We followed the South West Highway passing through picturesque Balingup, Kirup,
and Donnybrook on our way to Boyanup where we turned towards Dardanup for the
last stretch for the day to Burekup.

The Dardanup to Burekup group

In Dardanup we were joined by 14 family and friends of the Triplett family from Eaton, Australind, and Burekup, to Walk the 18kms from Dardanup to Burekup.

Thank you to Dardanup Shire President, Mick Bennett, for addressing the ADSA
Walkers and setting us off on this special part of the ADSA Walk.

Dowdells Line Burekup

17 September 2014

Wednesday morning started with the ADSA ‘Rod Triplett Tribute Breakfast’ at Ridley
Place Foreshore in Australind.  The excellent breakfast was arranged and prepared by
Rod Triplett’s family and friends.  Everyone enjoyed a fresh cooked breakfast and
shared stories about Rod while raising funds for medical research.

Rod Triplett Tribute Breakfast, Australind

Thank you to Harvey Shire Councillor, Peter Monagle, for his kind words and the generous donation from Harvey Shire Councillors.  Thank you also to Clifton Realty, Eaton Tavern, Bunbury Boulevard Bakery Café, Tradelink, Bunbury Mowers, Retravision, Australind Pre Mix, Rod Triplett Homes, and Coates Hire.

The ADSA Walkers were joined by Prof Bruce Robinson and locals from Australind and
Collie for the third day of walking from Collie to the Quindanning Pub.

Bruce and Katelyn near Mount Saddle Back

Thank you to Collie Shire Councillor, Nola Green, for meeting the ADSA Walkers in Collie.  Thank you also to Greg Busson, President of CFMEU Mining & Energy Division for their generous donation which he presented to Robert in Collie.

The Walk from Collie to Quindanning took our Walkers through beautiful pasture land dotted with fat sheep and yellow crops of flowering Canola.  Once again the weather was fantastic and we had clear views of Mount Saddle Back.

Thank you to Quindanning Pub for putting on a delicious late lunch for the hungry and thirsty ADSA Walkers.

Quindanning Pub

18 September 2014

After a fun night at the Nanga Retreat in Dwellingup Thursday started bright and early at the Pinjarra Heritage Train Station where our Walkers were given an excellent send off by Murray Shire President Walter Barrett.  Thank you to Walter and his lovely wife for taking the time to wish the ADSA Walkers well and for their very generous personal donation.

The going was tough on the fourth day with blisters, sore feet and sore knees making
the ADSA Walkers efforts all the more admirable. 

The day ended at the Armadale Train Station with everyone heading back to Dwellingup
to enjoy a roast feast and French Chocolate Cake to celebrate the three birthdays that
fell during the ADSA Walk.

Thank you to Ruby’s Patisserie for the wonderful cake.

Pinjarra Heritage Train Station

19 September 2014

Friday the last day of the ADSA Walk was another gorgeous spring day. 

The Walkers were joined by members of Rod Triplett’s family, several groups of ADSA Members walking in memory of family lost to asbestos disease, and ADSA supporters
Slater & Gordon at Fraser Point near the Causeway.

Everyone at Fraser Point near the Causeway

Everyone walked along the river to Victoria Ave and onto St Georges Terrace for the
March up to Solidarity Park at Parliament House.  On St Georges Terrace and at
Harvest Terrace we were joined by more supporters making for quite a crowd.

The ADSA Walkers on Harvest Terrace

Thank you to Prof Garry Lee, Chris Triplett, Hon Garry Gray AO MP, Murray Cowper MLA, and Mick Buchan State Secretary CFMEU, who all spoke to the ADSA Walkers their families, friends, and supporters to help wind up the ADSA Walk 2014.

Everyone at Solidarity Park

A big thank you also to Hon Kate Doust MLC for her excellent fundraising efforts joining the ADSA Walkers to complete this important final leg of the Walk.

Special acknowledgement of Barry Knowles who participated in every section of the Walk with exceptional fortitude.

At 12:30pm on Friday 19 September 2014 Chris Triplett sounded the ADSA Walk Siren
to officially end the Walk.

Chris Triplett ending the ADSA Walk 2014

Thank you to:

The Triplett family for graciously allowing the ADSA to name the ADSA Walk 2014 in Tribute to Rod and for their enthusiastic participation in the Walk.

The ADSA Walk 2014 Walkers for their super human efforts covering all the kilometres from Pemberton to Perth. 

Thank you also for your fund raising work all of you making outstanding efforts gaining sponsorship pledges.

Garry Van Burgel our intrepid Pilot Driver.

Steve Aiberti for volunteering his time to be the Walker Coordinator.

The Irene Worth Foundation in Manjimup and all our supporters along the way.

Kerry our excellent driver and Adams Coachlines.

Randall and James our fabulous cooks.

Joan A and Joan B and all the ADSA Staff.

The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia ‘Rod Triplett Tribute Walk’ for Research and Awareness 2014 would not have been possible without the generous support of our major sponsors, the CFMEU, Slater & Gordon, the MUA, and Adams Coachlines.

Thank you also to:

Randall’s Roasts
Osborne Park Pharmacy
Tony’s House of Tender Meats
Mondello and Mondo Doro

ADSA Walk for Research and Awareness 2015

While I must stay ‘mum’ about the details for the ADSA Walk 2015 I can say that we are planning to explore new territory that takes in a few of Western Australia’s most extraordinary landmarks.  Make your plans for a September 2015 Walk and start chatting now with your family and friends about joining us for the ADSA Walk experience.

Contact Simone at the ADSA Office on 9344 4077 or by email: if you have any questions and to register for the ADSA Walk 2015.

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