The Bernie Banton Foundation was founded in 2009 by its’ CEO, Karen Banton, the widow of Bernie Banton AM. It is an Australian national (New South Wales based and registered) mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos related diseases victim support and patient related advocacy organisation, offering and providing support in all Australian states and territories, and in New Zealand.
Karen Banton established the Foundation to uphold what Bernie Banton believed in; to assist people to navigate the difficult journey an asbestos related disease diagnosis presents; to enable people to have informed choice about specialist asbestos dust litigators, medical professionals and care providers; to prevent people being exposed to asbestos dust/fibres by creating awareness of mesothelioma asbestos cancer and other asbestos related diseases; and to advocate for, and to be:
‘The voice of reason for Australian asbestos related disease sufferers, their carers and loved ones, allied health and care providers, and to the wider community.’
The Foundation is an independent, apolitical, not for profit organisation with authority to operate in all Australian states and territories. It is run on the ethos of hope, faith, love, compassion, patience and respect; and the values of integrity, service, accountability, empathy, knowledge and empowerment.
We are a broad community family that welcomes anybody who falls within the Foundation’s realm of activity. We do not discriminate on the basis of political, corporate, union or religious belief, age, race, gender, sexual orientation or creed.
We do not charge, or place expectation of donations being made for any of our services (however, we gratefully accept donations from those who appreciate the support or services we offer), 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 Bernie Banton Foundation provides all support orientated matters including asbestos and other harmful dust exposure support, person based advocacy and related dust diseases awareness, education and information under the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Support (MARSupport) Australia banner.
The two core objectives of the Foundation’s MARSupport are to:
Facilitate and empower sufferers, their carers and loved ones, and those bereaved to move forward and live their journey without regret by:
- Providing an asbestos disease support helpline and online information;
- Offering peer-based person to person (phone) emotional support and encouragement from people who have lived a similar (asbestos disease) journey;
- Providing relevant and unbiased up to date information about treatments and care options;
- Honestly answering questions about what to expect from treatments and the relevant disease;
- Referring sufferers to medical and legal professionals who are acknowledged specialists in their field and importantly, who are also thought of as being ethical and holistic;
- Being the voice of reason and advocating on behalf of sufferers, their carers, their loved ones, those bereaved, and allied health and care providers; and
- When feasible, meeting with asbestos related disease sufferers, their carers and loved ones face to face.
Promote awareness and education, and provide information, about mesothelioma asbestos cancer and other asbestos related diseases to the wider community via:
- Online website and internet based sites, pages and portals,
- Via public news media outlets (online, print, radio and TV) and social media sites,
- Media and other targeted specific programs; and
- Where practicable, via face to face meetings, seminars, symposiums, etc.
MARSupport encompasses sufferers, carers, family and those bereaved in every state and territory of Australia, and in New Zealand. Direct contacts (or conversations) of a support nature, including our Asbestos Disease Support Helpline number in the 1000s per year. These figures do not include social media, bulk mail outs, function or workshop numbers.
We are active online via our comprehensive website and social media support, awareness and information platforms.
MARSupport provides asbestos awareness and educational information regarding asbestos, online via the Asbestos Awareness Information tab.
The Foundation’s social media platforms, covering all sectors of the Foundation, attract in excess of 10,000 followers, with weekly reach averaging in the 10s of 1000s.
We act locally though communicate globally with like-minded organisations in an effort to alleviate suffering resulting from asbestos and other dust exposure.
The Foundation relies on donations; bequests and fundraising from individuals and the wider community; corporate sponsorship and a small NSW Government funded grant to survive and continue with its vital victim support, information and patient advocacy 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 mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos and occupational dust related diseases awareness and support 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 mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos and occupational dust related diseases 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 MESOTHELIOMA ASBESTOS CANCER or another 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.
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.