Hundreds gather to pay tribute to those killed by asbestos exposure
Family and friends of South Australians whose lives were tragically cut short by asbestos-related diseases will come together tomorrow to remember and reflect on their loss.
Up to 300 people are expected to take part in the annual asbestos victims memorial service, planting approximately 250 crosses to mark each life that has been needlessly taken due to exposure to deadly asbestos fibres.
Organised by the Asbestos Victims Association of South Australia, friends and family members will be joined by supporters including Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas, City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge, and trade union representatives.
Several family members of those killed by asbestos will speak about the personal impact the deadly fibre has had.
AVA president Kat Burge said floral tributes would also be laid.
“Hundreds of South Australian families have lived the tragic experience of watching a loved one die unnecessarily because of past exposure to asbestos fibres,” Ms Burge said.
“The really appalling part is that the companies that sold these asbestos products knew the risk, they knew their product was deadly, but they put their quest for profits above all else.
“This memorial service provides an opportunity for family and friends to come together with others who have suffered a similar loss, remember the loved ones who have been taken away too soon, and reflect on the needless loss of life that continues to impact so many South Australian families.”
Cancer Council on asbestos - https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/workplace-cancer/asbestos.html
Asbestos Awareness - https://asbestosawareness.com.au/?runonce=1
29 November 2018.