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A new paint job on a Goldfields truck is raising awareness of breast cancer on a mine site where the disease is close to home.
With a number of employees affected by the disease, Gold Fields St Ives’s fleet now includes the Pink Truck, which was designed to be a symbol for breast cancer awareness.
St Ives general manager Nigel Thomas said the workforce — who had been fundraising for the cause — were extremely passionate, and the new coat of paint was a way to make a visual statement of support to those affected.
“We have had quite a few people in the workforce that have been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer, and we also know it’s a community issue — a lot of people know someone affected by it,” he said. “I think it’s really important that we do fundraising and do it locally.”
It holds special significance to Lavinia Rawlinson — the operator of the open-pit truck — who has recently come back to work after receiving treatment for the disease.
For the month of June — tying in with National Breast Cancer GO PINK week — the gold mine’s employees banded together for fundraisers. They also raised $2000 at the Mining Masters football carnival last month, with the St Ives team donning pink socks for the games and the company donating $100 for every goal kicked.
The funds raised will stay local, with the amount raised — which is expected to be about $5000 — going to Goldfields-based Something Pink, members of which visited the site on Saturday to meet staff and view the truck.
They also gifted a holiday to be auctioned off at the upcoming Something Pink fundraiser, and co-founder Katrina Tedge said she was overwhelmed by their generosity.
“They’re amazing,” she said. “They told us about all the different types of fundraising they did — I don’t usually tear up but I got quite emotional.”