Roy Hill is even prettier in pink, announcing the arrival of a further nine Pink Trucks for Breast Cancer Awareness at its mine site in West Australia’s Pilbara region.
The trucks are part of an initiative launched earlier this year by executive chairman Gina Rinehart to support the battle against breast cancer, and highlight the opportunities for women in mining.
Earlier this year in an industry first, Roy Hill employees welcomed ‘Hope’, ‘Ginny’ and ‘Rachel’, the first of Roy Hill’s pink trucks on site.
This week’s arrival of a further nine trucks will bring the number of pink trucks operating on site to 12.
Over time all of Roy Hill’s growing truck fleet will be painted pink. Each of the newly arrived trucks have been given names of significance to Mrs Rinehart and to the Roy Hill project such as ‘Ginbata’, ‘Pat’, ‘Gillie’ and ‘Chevonne’.
One name of particular significance is ‘Nola’ named in honour of Nola Lynch, a highly regarded, long term staff member of Hancock Prospecting and then Roy Hill, who sadly passed away last month following a brave battle with breast cancer.
The remaining pink trucks were named in honour of Roy Hill’s partners, Marubeni, POSCO and China Steel Corporation.
Mrs Rinehart was joined at the pink truck launch ceremony by Dr Sarah Hosking, CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, where Mrs Rinehart presented the Foundation with a cheque for $20,000.
This donation was a combination of money raised by Roy Hill staff with Roy Hill and Hancock Prospecting matching staff contributions dollar for dollar.
Mrs Rinehart launched Australia’s first breast cancer foundation in the early 1990s and is a long standing supporter of cancer research and support initiatives.
“Never did I imagine since setting up Australia’s then first breast cancer foundation in 1992, the Hancock Family Breast
Cancer Foundation Inc, that we would be standing in front of our country’s, and maybe even the world’s, first and only fleet of pink trucks working in the mining industry,” Mrs Rinehart said.
“More importantly, we should never forget, breast cancer is a frightening disease and one that effects and hurts many women across our nation. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Australian women with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer.
“We should all be concerned that there are more than 60,000 Australians struggling with breast cancer today. I am sure you will agree that is 60,000 too many.”
Roy Hill CEO Barry Fitzgerald, reiterated the company’s commitment to the Pink Trucks initiative and to Mrs Rinehart’s support of women in in the mining industry.
“I am extremely proud of the way staff across all of our operations have rallied behind Mrs Rinehart’s Pink Truck initiative and have gone above and beyond to raise funds for this extremely important cause,” he said.