Newmont Boddington Gold recently hosted several children currently living with cancer for a special VIP tour as part of an effort to raise money and promote awareness during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
In addition to the visit from children with cancer and their families, numerous fundraising initiatives were held across the site including selling gold ribbons, a Go Gold raffle, a gold coin donation at the gate for “Tollgate Tuesdays,” a payroll deduction and a Krispy Kreme Doughnut morning tea.
Sustainability and External Relations Manager Javier Brodalka said that in addition to these company efforts, a number of departments on site had generously donated their “113-day TRIFR free reward” to the fundraising cause.
Business Partners also sponsored toys, mining memorabilia, memento photo books, fuel, gift vouchers for the families and donations to the children and their families.
Fundraising Coordinator Natalie Matsen said that more than $25,000 was raised for The Kids Cancer Project, an independent Australian charity that funds leading global research for childhood cancer.
“The support from the Perth Mint, our business partners, Newmont employees and our management team has been overwhelming and amazing,” Natalie said. “It was a timely reminder that we have much to be grateful for when we host these children and their families.”
Javier said he hopes the visit will become an annual, signature event at Boddington. “It was moving to see these brave children happy, if only for a day, and to hear the gratitude in the parents’ voices as they thanked us for a distraction away from hospital wards and non-stop cycles of chemotherapy,” he said.