Real men wear pink

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October has seen a new shade of work wear around Centennial mines, with pink the colour of choice to help raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and its annual Pink Ribbon fundraiser.

Clarence and Newstan mines were a sea of pink throughout October in the spirit of raising awareness about breast cancer.

To prove the mantra of ‘real men wear pink,’ Newstan and Clarence employee’s weren’t content on wearing just a pink ribbon, but took to wearing a not so traditional hot pink work shirt with a silver reflector strip to add to the mining spirit.

“As one of the few females working at Newstan, it was really nice to see the boys ‘man up’ and embrace pink for such a good cause,” said Newstan’s Nerida Manley.

“Clarence raised over $4000 and it was great to see the entire workforce involved and supporting a great cause,” said Clarence Mine Manager, Greg Shields.

“Nearly all of Newstan’s employees elected to take a $20 payroll deduction to contribute to the Foundation, and we have raised over $4,400,” said Newstan Mine Manager, Terry O’Brien.

So with both mines combined raising over $8,000 employees enjoyed a BBQ to celebrate their efforts and to help raise awareness.

Not content to rest on their fashionable laurels, November will also see many Centennial sites sport moustaches in support of ‘Movember,’ to help raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Pink Ribbon Day helps raise awareness about breast cancer and funds in support of the many thousands of Australians affected by the disease.

In Australia, it is estimated that around 13,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, with more than 2,600 women annually, tragically losing their lives to the disease.