Donning pink hard hats and rallying support from surrounding communities, GlencoreXstrata’s Ulan mine workforce have raised more than $27,000 dollars for the McGrath Foundation.
Throughout October workers have dressed in pink, purchasing over 265 hard hats supplied by local business Furneys.
The funds will go towards the McGrath Foundation, increasing breast cancer awareness and providing support services for patients and families.
A GlencoreXstrata spokesperson said it was “a massive effort from all involved”.
The Mudgee Guardian reports the idea for the initiative was sparked by Ulan operator Adrian Rogers who began wearing a pink helmet in memory of his younger sister who passed away about two year ago.
“The number of hats at Ulan West quickly went from just one to 265, while at Ulan surface operations Kate Gyler has organised another 160, all of which have been purchased in just over two weeks,” Rogers said.
“It’s a wonderful cause that’s close to everyone’s hearts because we all have a mum, sister, wife, daughter or partner who may be, or may have been affected by breast cancer at some stage.
“It has actually become a real community event, with a number of local businesses also getting involved.”
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