Former Origin legend does the hard yards to raise awareness
TREVOR Gillmeister has always been called tough as nails.
The former State of Origin rugby league hardman has summoned a number of current and former rugby league stars to help spread awareness of asbestos contamination by walking from Townsville to Brisbane.
Gillmeister passed through Proserpine on Tuesday – a brief pitstop on what he hopes is a journey of more than 1400km. “We organised this a while ago,” he said. “I lost my father to an asbestos related disease five years ago.
“With many home renovation shows around at the moment, people think they’re builders.
“Just make sure you know what you’re doing – your kids could be affected by it too.”
Gillmeister lost his father to mesothelioma – a rare form of cancer strongly linked with asbestos exposure. He said support for the event had been great. “It’s more prevalent than people think,” he said.
“The amount of people showing their support, providing places to stay and eat has been great – Hotel Metropole has been amazing.
“We’ve had people stop us along the way and donate money saying their grandparents have been affected by it.”
Gillmeister has rallied the support of Allan Langer, Steve Walters, Martin Lang, Brent Tate, Matt Scott and John Cartwright at various points throughout his journey.
He’s hoping to raise $100,000 for the Asbestos Related Disease Support Society QLD – and is looking to reach Brisbane by Monday, October 27.
You can track him along the way or even donate at www.walkforawareness.com.au.
LONG ROAD: Trevor Gillmeister (second from the left) is continuing his journey with the support of Don Booth, and Aiden and Sandra Williamson. All of them have lost a member of their family due to asbestos related illnesses.