Mining contractor Mastermyne is putting some muscle into a new charity drive, with two new coal loaders on the job.
The Mackay-based group has launched its new community benefits program, Ripple Effect, and is hoping to encourage other organisations to get on board.
Two loaders, one painted pink and the other blue courtesy of manufacturer Sandvik, will be hired out by the company to its Moranbah clients with a percentage of profits over the next six months to be donated to lifesaving initiatives.
The blue loader will dig deep for Grapevine, a suicide prevention volunteer group founded in Mackay that works to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Love Your Sister will receive funds raised by the pink loader. Co-founded by actor Samuel Johnson and his late sister Connie, it is focused on vanquishing all cancers with hard science.
The fundraising initiative was initiated by long-time Mastermyne fleet manager Steve Koschel, who was driven to put the company’s new loaders to work in more ways than one.
“Mastermyne has been affected by both cancer and suicide so the money raised will hopefully deliver better outcomes for our workforce and for the wider communities in which we work,” Mr Koschel said.
“It’s a wonderful experience to see my small idea brought to life with such great impact by Mastermyne’s Ripple Effect program, I’m so grateful for their support.”
Grapevine Group President Laurence Manning said the funds, which are predicted to be around $5000, will be put to good use.
In 2018 alone, Mackay was found to have had 16 suicides per 10,000 people, an alarmingly high rate (Mackay Community Foundation Vital Signs Report, 2019).
“Funds raised will be used to support our safe talk training program that teaches people to recognise the signs of suicide and how to talk to a person at risk and put them in touch with the right care. This money will save lives,” Mr Manning said.