Cannington Beyondblue charity launch

Posted March 26, 2015

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Cannington workforce celebrate the launch of the 2015 Charity of the Year. Photo: John de Rooy

The arrival of a bright blue CAT AD60 haul truck to the BHP Billiton Cannington operation has marked the launch of the mine’s 2015 charity campaign.

Cannington will band together with workers on-site with the aim to raise $50,000 over the next 12 months.

A key focus will be generating awareness of the issues surrounding anxiety and depression and on providing resources and support, said Cannington Corporate Affairs Improvement Simone Sullivan.

“I think this charity means a lot to our crews, and the blue truck will play a key role in generating constant awareness,” she said.

Beyondblue Fundraising and Partnerships Manager, Joshua Donchi said the campaign would deliver the Beyondblue message to a key demographic.

Mines like Cannington typically have a largely male workforce operating on fly-in, fly-out rosters, said Mr Donchi.

FIFO workers have a higher rate of depression and anxiety so the campaign will allow us to reach those who are at high risk, said Mr Donchi.

“So hopefully if there is anyone struggling, they will have the resources to seek help,” he said.

Monies raised throughout the year will go to Beyondblue support services and resources which are provided throughout Australia free of charge.

“Our main message is around hope, recovery, and resilience. It means providing people with the information, giving them hope, and the resources to aid recovery and resiliency,” Mr Donchi said.

“It also helps people look out for their friends and what they may go through and it will start a conversation.”

For further information on Beyondblue visit www.beyondblue.org.au or call 1300 22 4636.

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