Rugby league legend walks in fight against asbestos cancer
QUEENSLAND rugby league legend Trevor 'The Axe' Gillmeister will be stopping in Rockhampton today after walking 35km from Yaamba in his 'Taking An Axe to Asbestos' walk.
The 50-year-old is half way through a 1400km walk from Townsville to Brisbane in his aim to raise money for the victims of the disease that took his father's life in 2009, asbestos cancer.
Gillmeister will stop in at Rockhampton's Criterion Hotel before he starts the next leg of the walk tomorrow morning.
"There has been a fair amount of awareness about the disease affecting people like my dad who were exposed to it decades ago," Gillmeister said.
"But there will be many people who contracted the disease through contact with asbestos without probably realising it."
Gillmeister fears asbestos cancer will increase if the awareness of the disease is not lifted.
"I fear a new wave of asbestos cancer unless we really lift the awareness of being careful and checking it out before knocking out walls and doing home renos," he said.
"The big thing now is that, with the home renovation genre of TV reality shows so popular, a lot of people are into DIY renovations and can be exposed to asbestos in old homes without realising the danger, or that asbestos is in the material."
A long list of league legends including CQ Capra's Coach Jason Hetherington have accompanied Gillmeister on different stretches along the way.
Trevor will walk an average 48km per day over the 28 days and will arrive in Brisbane on October 27, almost five years to the days since his father's passing.
Trevor has been joined by Queensland mother Sarah Williamson whose mother also died from the disease.
MEET AND GREET GILLY
When: Friday, October 10
Where: The Criterion Hotel
Visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/walkforawareness2014 to donate to the cause.