Miners give it up for leukaemia research

Posted September 6, 2015

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Emerald miner Shannon Friedrich (left) with brother Nathan.

The Queensland resources industry raised $365,000 in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave Mining and Energy Challenge, taking the total since 2006 to well over $4 million.

Bechtel Australia raised $126,000 across its three LNG plant construction sites in Gladstone, and its GLNG team was the challenge’s top performer statewide for 2015 - contributing just under $47,000.

Bechtel was also named as the highest fundraiser nationally for World’s Greatest Shave, raising $259,000.

Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland corporate partnerships manager Paul Barnard said he was grateful for the continued support of Queensland’s mines.

“The sector has once again dug deep to meet the World’s Greatest Shave Mining and Energy Challenge and support the 31 Aussies diagnosed each day with a blood cancer,” he said.

“The money raised this year will help fund our life-saving research program and support many more patients and their families.”

Mr Barnard said 47 mining and energy teams had taken part in World’s Greatest Shave across Queensland this year.

The 2015 campaign was given a boost by the efforts of Emerald miner Shannon Friedrich, who was diagnosed with aggressive stage-four non-Hodgkin lymphoma last year after seeing his GP for a sore hip.

Mr Barnard said Mr Friedrich had acted as the face of this year’s challenge, helping encourage mines to sign up and inspiring them to fundraise.

He has also written personal letters to participating mines, thanking them for their efforts.

While staying at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Clem Jones-Sunland Village in Brisbane in March for treatment, he shaved brother Nathan’s head as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.

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