Miner turns trucks blue to fight cancer

Thiess workers at Xstrata's Mt Owen coal mine have painted their haul trucks blue to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research.

The new bright blue Cat 793F haul truck has already reportedly raised $18 500 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia; the largest donation the organisation has received all year.

Xstrata's blue truck came about after maintenance co-ordinator Rob Fraser thought of the idea to paint the new truck blue to promote prostate cancer awareness.

Following this, training co-ordinator Felicity Moore turned his idea into a fund raising exercise through the sale of blue safety shirts to Mt Owen workers and contractors.

Moore explained that "it's close to home here at Mt Owen, with some of our team currently receiving treatment [for prostate cancer]".

The campaign itself initially aimed to raise about $10 000, but soon brought in around $13 500, which was bumped up to the $18 500 mark by an additional $5000 donation from Xstrata Mt Owen itself.

The hardest part was finding safety compliant blue shirts, Moore said.

"It wasn't a simple to go out and source blue shirts.

"After numerous phone calls to suppliers and distributors we finally found a supplier who could produce bright blue shirts with hi-vis tape on them to ensure we still comply with our safety standards."

It comes after Thiess workers at Stanwell Coal's Meandu coal mine decked out themselves and a truck in bright pink to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.


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