Taking to the air for asthma
Balloon flight for Asthma Foundation. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

Perth people were treated to a rare sight when health advocates flew a hot air balloon across the city early yesterday.

Asthma Foundation WA used the clear skies to mark its 50th anniversary and to remind the public of the need for asthma safety in the lead-up to National Asthma Week.

AFWA chief executive David Johnson said the foundation was inundated with public support when people spotted the balloon flying from Bassendean to Manning.

"It is a fantastic achievement to have served the WA community for 50 years," he said.

GALLERY

Mr Johnson said the balloon was also a reminder to the State's 225,000 asthma sufferers to properly manage their condition.

"In the last four years we've raised awareness about asthma and the cost to the community but there is still a way to go," he said.

He said half of asthma deaths were preventable.

There were 411 asthma related deaths in Australia last year.

Mr Johnson said the foundation would award five respiratory research grants at the Telethon Kids Institute, as well as hosting public displays in Perth and Fremantle for National Asthma Week, which is the first week of next month.

The balloon was leased from Windward Balloon Adventures in Northam and is used by the foundation for special events.

The West Australian

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