Saying goodbye to one magnificent mullet has seen graduate mining engineer Flynn Malnic raise more than $18,000 for the Cancer Council.
Colleagues at Carborough Downs underground mine supported Mr Malnic when he decided to organise the head shave help Queenslanders with cancer.
Thanks in part to the eagerness of the team at Carborough Downs to get involved, Mr Malnic raised $9128 through the shave in September.
Mine owner Fitzroy Australia Resources matched the figure, bringing Mr Malnic’s final fundraising total to $18,256.
Mr Malnic said he opened up the floor to other colleagues who might want to do the shave with him, but “no one wanted to compete with the mullet!” A bake sale was organised instead, with some serious competition to find the best baker at Carborough and provide snacks for the big head shave event.
“We did an auction on the day for the privilege of actually shaving the mullet and the top bid was $650,” Mr Malnic said.
Mr Malnic originally planned to fundraise on behalf of Cancer Council at this year’s notoriously challenging Shitbox Rally.
However, the 2020 event was postponed due to COVID-19, so he decided to organise the head shave fundraiser instead.
As someone who has been volunteering and fundraising since a young age, Mr Malnic was elated that his fundraiser generated so much support in his work community.
Cancer Council Queensland chief executive officer Chris McMillan thanked Mr Malnic, everyone at Carborough Downs and Fitzroy Australia Resources for their support.
“It’s great to see workplace communities gathering together in a social and encouraging way, to support all Queenslanders impacted by cancer,” said Ms McMillan.
“In the Mackay region alone, 808 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. Cancer Council Queensland is diligently working towards improving this figure by investing in lifesaving cancer research.
“We would not be able to do this without the dedication of regional Queensland communities, who are eager to make a difference to the lives of people with cancer. Together, we’re working towards a cancer free future.”
Mr Malnic and driving partner Tim Honner plan to participate in the rescheduled Shitbox Rally in May of 2021. To donate to their team, “The Thorny Devils,” visit https://autumn2021.shitboxrally.com.au/the-thorny-devils.