The mining industry is continuing its assistance and support for cancer, with the Queensland mining industry donating over $36 000 to prostate cancer research.
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Michael Roche said the funds to be donated to the Mater Medical Research (MMRI) were raised at a charity auction at the 2010 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference and the cause is especially relevant to the industry.
“For many men who work in the resources sector, prostate cancer is a sad reality,” he said.
“The annual charity auction is a chance for people in the resources sector to open their wallets and dig deep for a cause that is unfortunately, close to the hearts of many men and their families.”
Paul Reis, Mater Foundation deputy director fundraising was a speaker at the conference fundraising dinner and said donations were critical for finding better treatment and hopefully a cure.
“One in nine Australian men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime with the disease claiming eight lives a day,” Reis said.
“With the help of donations such as these, the institute is able to continue prostate cancer research that will improve outcomes for men and their families.
“Thanks to the individuals and companies who bid and donated in the auction – your investment brings us closer to an answer that will save lives.
Earlier, it was announced that Fortescue Metals Group marketing manager Sandra Liu has been named as one of seven celebrity ambassadors for ovarian cancer.