The mainly male staff of the Toowoomba based Australia-wide business Excavation Equipment (EXEQ) and they will be wearing their big hearts quite literally on their sleaves to raise funds for Breast Cancer Month & Safety Awareness Month – two great initiatives that occur in the month of September.
EXEQ general manager Ms Catherine Ardi said, “We support Breast Cancer Month every year however this year it has hit close to home with our good friend and Toowoomba-local, Kirby McGrory being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at only 35 years old.”
Ms McGrory said “On the 28th of June, I was diagnosed with a stage 3 triple negative breast cancer with a 4cm lesion in my left breast and detection in my lymph nodes. I have completed 2 rounds of Chemotherapy with 14 more to go.”
“My hair is gone, but not my fighting spirit!”
“We hope to fundraise directly for Kirby through this challenging time given that she is a single mother with 2 young children, so we’re asking our suppliers, customers and the public to help us in this year’s fundraising effort as every dollar counts. It is important to our staff to do all they can to raise awareness of breast cancer as so many Toowoomba people, including staff members’ families, have been touched by this terrible disease,” Ms Ardi said.
“This year to us, it is KirbyTober and supporting locally where it is really needed”
“We are encouraging both women and men of all ages to check their chests regularly and if they find anything unusual to see their GP immediately,” Ms Ardi said.
“We decided to wear the yellow high visibility shirts with the Pink Ribbon as an obvious positive message of support to those fighting breast cancer. The yellow represents Safety Awareness Month as we truly believe in Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s motto of –‘Work Safe. Home Safe.”
“Toowoomba and surrounds are far too often touched by workplace incidents that could have been easily prevented so we want to remind people to slow down, review the task and make sure everyone goes home safe.
To donate to Kirby McGrory, through the link:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/love-kirby which will lead you through making a donation.
EXEQ has recently moved to 77 Carrington Road, and services the needs of the construction and earthmoving industry and apart from Toowoomba, has bases in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and in New Zealand.
EXEQ have also been listed in the top 50 of Australia’s fastest growing companies through Australian Financial Review’s Fast 100.