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Resources sector to brave the shave for blood cancer

Wednesday, 02 April 2014


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The call is out for businesses across the Queensland resources sector to sign up for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s Mining and Energy Challenge, held 13-16 March 2014, to help support patients and families touched by blood cancers.

For the past eight years, the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland has been running the Mining and Energy Challenge as part of World’s Greatest Shave – one of Australia’s most popular fundraising events.

The challenge sees representatives from the resources sector raise funds by shaving, colouring or waxing their hair to support patients impacted by leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s Corporate Partnership Manager, Paul Barnard said the Mining and Energy Challenge is a morale boosting, fun competition that provides an opportunity for those working within the resources sector to engage in a bit of friendly competition to help raise funds for a very worthy cause.

“The Mining and Energy Challenge teams raised more than $703,000 in 2013 which went towards investing in medical research as well as vital support services for blood cancer patients and their families,” Mr Barnard said.
“Our major support service is providing free accommodation for patients and families from regional Queensland who need to relocate to Brisbane or Townsville for medical treatment,” he said.

On Friday 13 December, the Mining and Energy Challenge 2014 was officially launched at the Queensland Resources Council board meeting.

Mining and Energy Challenge ambassador, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive, Michael Roche, urged companies to get their sites and offices signed up for the challenge.
Mr Roche sacrificed his beard and moustache for the cause in 2012 – going clean-shaven for the first time in 30 years.

“The money raised by those who pledge to shave or colour their hair for the cause goes towards caring for blood cancer patients as well as funding research for improved treatment options and one day a cure,” Mr Roche said.

Since 2006, the resources sector has raised more than $3.4 million to support blood cancer patients and their families.
Ten Mining and Energy Challenge teams made the World’s Greatest Shave 2013 Top 30 Queensland fundraisers list.

The 2013 winner of the Mining and Energy Challenge, BMA Blackwater Mine Team, was the overall top Queensland fundraiser for the World’s Greatest Shave after they raised a phenomenal $144,300.

To take up the challenge in 2014, contact Paul Barnard on 3318 4437/0409 652 756 or, or visit and register your team in the mining and energy category.

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Further information:
Paul Barnard
Corporate Partnerships Manager
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
P: 3318 4437

Media contact:
Kristin Strambi
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
P: 3318 4421