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Distributor leads efforts to tackle mental health

Australian construction equipment and trucks distributor CJD Equipment is leading a three-way collaboration to raise funds for mental health organisation Beyond Blue.

CJD has joined forces with OEM Volvo Construction Equipment and Western Australian earthmoving equipment rental operator AK Evans Group to address mental health in the workplace, which affects 20 per cent of construction workers in a serious way.

As part of the initiative, CJD Guildford has covered the cost of painting the counterweights of eight Volvo EC350D and 1 EX480D excavators it has sold to AK Evans Group. The EC350Ds are adorned in the colour blue with the Beyond Blue insignia.

In turn, AK Evans Group has committed to donating $1 to Beyond Blue for every machine hour worked by the machines for its clients. It is also inviting clients that hire its excavators to match that donation.

At the same time, CJD will also donate $1000 to Beyond Blue for every new general purpose Volvo excavator sold between 1 February and 31 May.

CJD has covered the cost of painting the excavators for AK Evans Group in efforts to raise awareness of Beyond Blue.

Figures show one in five construction workers experience a diagnosable mental health condition and one in 20 experience suicidal thoughts.

“Beyond Blue provides life changing support to many Australians, the work they do is invaluable and we feel incredibly fortunate at CJD to be able to contribute to their cause,” CJD managing director Alan Barnett said.

Sending the right message

Commenting on the CJD and AK Evans Group initiative, AK Evans Group general manager Michael Still said both companies believe they can make a difference to assist people working through their mental health problems.

“As AK Evans Group was purchasing the machines it seemed fitting that they were used as a big ‘billboard’ for promoting Beyond Blue, with the message and the phone number sitting in the middle of a construction site, slewing around showing everyone on site the message that there is someone out there that can assist,” he said.

CJD’s regional sales manager James Daniels, who has been working with AK Evans Group in recent years since taking on responsibility for CJD’s north-west region, pointed to the role AK Evans Group director Aaron Evans has played in driving forward the Beyond Blue initiative.

“We have been working together for four years now, further building the relationship between CJD and AK Evans Group,” Daniels said. “This relationship really took off in working on the Beyond Blue machines, when Aaron approached us to assist with the great work he is doing in the Pilbara around mental health awareness.”

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