The Bernie Banton Foundation is a New South Wales based and registered, Australian mesothelioma and asbestos related support organisation.
The Foundation is blessed to have one of the world leading mesothelioma experts, Prof Bruce WS Robertson, as its founding director. Hear Prof Bruce speak about the foundation in this short video clip.
We are an apolitical, not for profit organisation with authority to operate in all Australian states and territories.
The Foundation’s Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Support (MARS) Australia Network operates Australia-wide, offering peer-based support and information, and referral and advocating services to those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer or another asbestos related disease (ARD), and to their carers and immediate family members, as well as those bereaved. The MARS Australia Network is physically active throughout the Australian Eastern Seaboard and has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the like-minded Reflections Through Reality Foundation, which provides peer-based support and awareness in Western Australia.
Our Freecall Support Helpline, available Australia-wide, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week offering peer-based support and information from people who have, importantly, lived the mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases journey. We are also active online via our comprehensive website, blog and social media platforms.
The Foundation’s Awareness and Education Unit provides awareness and education relating to asbestos disease and asbestos issues, online, via our comprehensive website and social media portals; and in person throughout the Australian Eastern Seaboard, by utilising our Mobile Resource Centre – Stan’s Van and extensive promotional collateral.
We act locally though communicates globally with like-minded organisations in an effort to alleviate suffering resulting from asbestos exposure.
The foundation is fiercely apolitical, and was founded by Karen Banton for only one reason, to uphold what Bernie Banton AM believed in; to assist people to navigate the difficult journey an asbestos disease diagnosis presents; to enable people to have informed choice about specialist asbestos litigators and medical professionals; to prevent people being exposed to asbestos by creating awareness of the danger it presents; and to advocate for, and to be:
‘The voice of reason for Australian asbestos disease sufferers, their loved ones and the wider community.’
We DO NOT charge, or place expectation of donations being made, for any of our services, neither do we have (and never will have) any ‘pay by referral’ or ‘quota’ type relationship with any legal firms, medical specialists, individuals; corporate, union, or government bodies. We do however have relationships with, and recommend people and organisations we believe are specialists at what they do, are holistic and importantly, ethical!
The Foundation relies on government grants, corporate sponsorship and donations, bequests and fundraising from individuals and the wider community to survive and continue with its vital support and awareness services.
Any donation, bequest, sponsorship or the results of fundraising you, or a company, union or government body you are involved in can make to the foundation, is appreciated and will assist the foundation to continue to fulfill its vital support and awareness services.
You can support the Foundation in many ways by donating, sponsoring or fundraising. The Bernie Banton Foundation holds gift recipient status with the ATO, therefore all donations $2.00 and over are fully tax deductible. Your donation of $25.00 or more will help us expand our awareness and support programmes. To find out how to donate to the Bernie Banton Foundation or support us by sponsoring or fundraising for the Foundation – please click here.
The breath beneath your wings®
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk to somebody who knows what it feels like to be in similar circumstances to what you are in, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please phone the Foundation’s 24/7 Support Helpline Freecall® number: 1800 031 731
Note: The Bernie Banton Foundation is not accredited to provide advice. The information and/or advice provided is for assistance only. The advice of a qualified specialist should always be sought before making legal or medical decisions.