The Bernie Banton website
The Bernie Banton website is independently managed by Karen Banton-Smith and Rod Smith in a voluntary capacity as a community service. We take pleasure in being able to maintain this website to not only honor and foster the memory and legacy of Bernie Banton AM, but to continue to allow every Australian to access comprehensive reference information about mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases, related support & care, and asbestos awareness.
About the Bernie Banton website
The Bernie Banton website is not sponsored, or funded by any external sources, nor is it subject to external private, government or commercial pressures – it is totally apolitical and autonomous. To read more about the Bernie Banton website, click [here].
Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Asbestos Related Disease Sufferers
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease, and therefore has direct relevance to sufferers of mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) and other asbestos related diseases. To read the specific page concerning living with mesothelioma or another asbestos related disease during the COVID-19 pandemic (including resource details and contacts), please click [here].
Bernie Banton Foundation
The Foundation is in the process of a planned winding up, and ceased operating COB 30 June 2020. Winding up the Foundation was not a decision that was taken lightly, and was reached after two years of work on succession planning by Karen Banton, Rod Smith and the Board. To read more about the Bernie Banton Foundation winding up process, and to read the media release dated: 28 Jan 2020 announcing the planned ceasing of operation and winding up, please click [here].
Fundraising & Donating
The Bernie Banton Foundation has ceased fundraising or accepting donations as of 28 January 2020. Should you have bequeathed money to the Foundation, we would suggest you change your will. We recommend you consult with an applicable legal expert to do so. To read more regarding donations and fundraising, please click [here].
Bernie & Karen Banton
‘The Good Fight’
Rod Smith & Julie Bastian
Karen Banton & Rod Smith
‘A Union From Tragedy’
A NEW CHAPTER – WELCOME TO THE NEW & REVISED BERNIE BANTON WEBSITE
The new & revised Bernie Banton website is voluntarily run & maintained by Rod Smith & Karen Banton-Smith as a community service.
The new Bernie Banton website is not funded or supported by any private, public or government corporation – we are totally apolitical & autonomous.
Please support those who backed the Bernie Banton Foundation to help us achieve amazing things during 11 years from June 2009 to the Foundation’s closure 30 June 2020……. To find the corporate friends who backed the Foundation click [here]. To just say thank you, doesn’t seem enough! – Karen Banton-Smith & Rod Smith
A really big thank you to past and present Foundation Board members – without your support & service the Foundation would not have risen to the heights it did!
A special thank you to all who donated to the Foundation and supported those organising and participating in fundraising.
The Foundation’s Partners in Western Australia from November 2015 to June 2020 facilitating a Mesothelioma Support Group & providing Asbestos Awareness……… Their support & awareness continue.
Phone: 1800 031 731