Stepping up to support good causes

Staff at Cessnock City Council are supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyondblue by pulling on blue boots, donning cobranded workwear and packing blue crib bags.

Staff at Cessnock City Council are supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyondblue by pulling on blue boots, donning cobranded workwear and packing blue crib bags.

Director of Works and Infrastructure Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said this new initiative follows the success of the pink high-vis campaign, which raised funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

With the pink high-vis campaign wrapping up staff decided to help other charities.

”The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men and families through research, raising awareness and providing support”.

“We also recognised that a persons’ mental health is equally as important as their physical heath. Beyondblue helps the community confidently and openly discuss mental health in their everyday conversations”.

“The health and wellbeing of our community is a top priority and it is wonderful to see so many people stepping up for a good cause”, Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said.

In support of the initiative Council staff have elected to make payroll deductions as a one off or over a number of weeks during the period 1 November 2016 to 20 April 2017.

The initiative will run for six months concluding with a Beyondblue ‘Heads Up’ Program Launch in February 2017, which aims to create a mentally healthy workplace.