Asbestos campaigner Raymond Colbert has died aged 67
LEADING asbestos safety advocate Raymond Colbert has passed away of asbestos disease aged 67.
Mr Colbert worked tirelessly on behalf of fellow disease sufferers for many years as secretary of the Asbestos Related Disease Support Society Queensland.
Among his greatest achievements was "Ray's Ride", where Mr Colbert travelled from Toowoomba to Brisbane in his motorised wheelchair to raise awareness of asbestos diseases mesothelioma and asbestosis and medical research funds.
The journey took Mr Colbert through the flood-affected Ipswich and Lockyer Valley regions in 2011.
"Ray, who was wheelchair bound and on oxygen 24 hours a day, took five days to complete the ride, battling the November heat and plenty of flies," said Andrew Ramsay, the asbestos society's vice president.