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Issue 9:

Rio Tinto and Caterpillar team up to fund nurse in central Queensland

A pink, 115-tonne (127-ton) longwall shearer has been unveiled at a coal mining project in central Queensland, Australia, to mark the start of a new friendship between Rio Tinto, Caterpillar Inc. and the McGrath Foundation, which raises money to place breast care nurses in communities across Australia and to increase breast cancer awareness in young women.

Caterpillar supplied the shearer as part of the longwall for Rio Tinto's Kestrel mine extension project. The organizations have teamed up to fund a new nurse who will serve the Mackay and Hinterland region, providing support to families experiencing breast cancer to ensure their physical, psychological and basic support needs are met. Thanks to the funding from Rio Tinto and Caterpillar, the service will be completely free, with families experiencing breast cancer able to self-refer.

The new McGrath Breast Care Nurse position will further strengthen central Queensland's breast care nurse network. “Our mission is to ensure every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia has access to a breast care nurse no matter where they live or their financial situation,” said McGrath Foundation ambassador and director Tracy Bevan. “We believe we need 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia to meet this need, and friendships like ours with Rio Tinto and Caterpillar are helping us take one step closer to this goal.”

Caterpillar Asia Pacific underground coal manager Hugh Paul said Caterpillar is proud to be a partner in this initiative. “At Caterpillar we pride ourselves on support, both for our customers and for the communities in which we live and work,” he said. “Caterpillar saw this as an opportunity to partner with two world-class organizations and provide a much needed aftercare resource to support those in central Queensland affected by this disease.”

John Coughlan, Kestrel mine general manager of operations, echoed Paul’s sentiments. “Rio Tinto Coal Australia is a long term member of the central Queensland community and is proud to help fund the McGrath Breast Care Nurse position through the Kestrel mine extension project,” he said.

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