Rod Triplett Tribute Walk for Research and Awareness
Pemberton to Perth
14 September 2014 to 19 September 2014
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 Team walked in relay covering 5km to 10 kms at a time. On the first day the ADSA Walk Team followed the South West Highway, lunching in Manjimup and finishing for the day in Bridgetown.
Thank you to Manjimup-Pemberton Shire President, Wade De Campo, for starting the ADSA Walk Team 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 ADSA Walk Team’s dessert.
16 September 2014
On Tuesday starting from Bridgetown the ADSA Walk Team made their way through sun drenched landscapes in perfect spring weather.
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.
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 Walk Team and setting us off on this special part of the ADSA Walk 2014.
17 September 2014
Wednesday morning started with the ADSA Walk 2014 ‘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.
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 Walk Team were joined by Prof Bruce Robinson and locals from Australind and Collie for the third day of walking from Collie to the Quindanning Pub.
Thank you to Collie Shire Councillor, Nola Green, for meeting the ADSA Walk Team in Collie. Thank you also to Greg Busson, President of CFMEU Mining & Energy Division for their generous donation which he presented to Robert, ADSA President, in Collie. The walk from Collie to Quindanning took the ADSA Walk Team through beautiful pastureland 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 Walk Team.
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 the ADSA Walk Team 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 Walk Team 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 Walk Team efforts all the more admirable. The day ended at the Armadale Train Station with everyone heading back to Dwellingupto enjoy a roast feast and French Chocolate Cake to celebrate the three birthdays that fell during the ADSA Walk 2014. Thank you to Ruby’s Patisserie for the wonderful cake.
19 September 2014
Friday the last day of the ADSA Walk 2014 was another gorgeous spring day. The ADSA Walk Team 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 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.
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 Walk Team their families, friends, and supporters to help wind up the ADSA Walk 2014.
A big thank you also to Hon Kate Doust MLC for her excellent fundraising efforts joining the ADSA Walk Team to complete this important final leg of the ADSA Walk 2014. 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 ADSA Walk 2014.
ADSA Walk 2014 raises $55,000
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 supporting our fundraising efforts.
The ADSA Walk 2014 Team 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 ADSA Walk Team Coordinator.
The Irene Worth Foundation in Manjimup and all our supporters along the way.
Kerry our excellent driver and Adams Coachlines.
Randall and James from Randall’s Roasts our fabulous cooks.
Joan A and Joan B and all the ADSA Staff.
The ADSA Walk 2014 ‘Rod Triplett Tribute Walk’ 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:
Osborne Park Pharmacy
Tony’s House of Tender Meats
Mondello and Mondo Doro