Ray’s giant wheelchair journey

Quoted from http://www.qt.com.au/story/2011/11/02/brave-rays-giant-wheelchair-journey/

Ray’s giant wheelchair journey

Paul Smeaton | 2nd November 2011

 

RAY Colbert knows sooner or later he will lose his battle with asbestosis, but before that day comes he is determined to raise awareness of the deadly disease.

Ray Colbert will be riding from Toowoomba to Brisbane, via Gatton and Ipswich, on his motorised wheelchair to raise awareness of the dangers of inhaling asbestos.

Claudia Baxter

RAY Colbert knows sooner or later he will lose his battle with asbestosis, but before that day comes he is determined to raise awareness of the deadly disease.

The 65-year-old, who relies on oxygen 24-hours-a-day, will drive his motorised wheelchair from Toowoomba to Brisbane later this month to bring attention to the plight of sufferers and raise money for medical research.

The journey will take Mr Colbert through the flood-affected Ipswich and Lockyer Valley regions during International Asbestos Awareness Week.

“I chose this route because one thing highlighted by the floods in this area was how much asbestos was brought out into the open,” Mr Colbert said.

“People need to be aware that it is not safe to handle it and it needs to be cleaned up by council or skilled contractors.

Mesothelioma and asbestosis are the two most common asbestos related diseases and at present no cure is available for either illness.

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