HEARTS ON SLEEVE: Justin Woodrow and fellow RCR Energy workers wear pink in aid of breast cancer support and research.
HEARTS ON SLEEVE: Justin Woodrow and fellow RCR Energy workers wear pink in aid of breast cancer support and research. Paul Braven

Energy company workers go pink to make a change

GLADSTONE is a hotspot for women's cancer - something a local energy company is doing its small part to change.

More than 30 RCR Energy Gladstone employees have been donning pink high-vis shirts every Friday to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

Safety, health, environment and quality co-ordinator Justin Woodrow initiated the idea, raising more than $1000.

"It's fantastic to see local RCR staff supporting such a great cause, as the smallest donation is a great start to help, one day, find a cure for the disease," Mr Woodrow said.

"Men are often over-looked when it comes to breast cancer but they are a vital part of the experience, be it as a partner, father, brother, friend, colleague or patient."

Chief executive Brett Taylor said the company planned to continue its fundraising, supporting different national and local charities each time.

"The boys have mentioned that next time we'll do a prostate cancer fundraiser," he said.

"They are all worthy causes and I don't know if anyone can say that cancer hasn't affected their lives in some way."

Mr Woodrow said the pink shirts were also great at getting people talking about the disease.

"People take a lot of interest in our shirts on Fridays and when we talk them through it, we're creating general awareness," Mr Woodrow said.

"A couple of guys have put up a fight on the colour but agree that it's a very worthy cause."

Cancer Council spokeswoman Katie Clift said the company's efforts would really help.

"A donation of just $50 helps towards one night of accommodation for a Gladstone patient and their carer when they need to travel to Townsville or Brisbane for treatment," she said.

Mr Woodrow is now urging other businesses to take up the challenge to help change the future of breast cancer for their daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and friends.

Donate at RCR Energy or http://www.cancerqld.org.au.



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