Three local Mackay charities recently received a donation from Stanmore Coal, when a discarded, 4.2 tonne copper dragline cable was sold for recycling, raising close to $8,000.
Isaac Plains Dragline Supervisor Dave Straw was the brains behind the idea, and selected suicide prevention group, Suicide and Spirituality; Special Olympics Mackay; and junior teams at the Mackay Magpies Northern Beaches AFL Football Club to receive the funds.
“Special Olympics Mackay has always been close to my heart ever since my wife and I originally started the group, and Mackay has one of the highest suicide rates in Australia, so for me, it was important to donate to Suicide and Spirituality who are there any time to listen, give advice and help out,” Dave said.
“The Magpies mixed junior teams were also doing it tough due to COVID-19, so we wanted to give them a boost as well to purchase new footballs and training aids.
“Lucky for us the price of copper is strong at the moment, so we were thrilled to be able to donate as much as we could to these deserving groups.”
Stanmore Coal would also like to thank Ampcontrol for retrieving the dragline cable from Isaac Plains and transporting it to the recycling facility.