Local supplier turns idlers pink for charity

Ram Conveyors, which is based in Brisbane and supplies conveyor components including belts, idlers and pulleys, has raised more than $2000 for the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign.

The Pink Ribbon program aims to raise and invest funds in cancer research, patient support services and prevention programs for women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.

{{quote-A:R-W:300-I:2-Q:"To have an opportunity to do something to raise awareness is really important, especially in the male-dominated industries." -WHO:Mark Thomas, Ram Conveyors business development manager}}Ram Conveyors business development manager Mark Thomas told Quarry it was important for the business to be involved, as it facilitated conversation about an issue that largely affected all within the industry.

“As soon as we saw it [the Pink Ribbon campaign] it resonated with us because between us at Ram Conveyors we have friends, colleagues and relatives who have all been affected by breast cancer. Unfortunately, everybody seems to know someone,” Thomas said.

“To have an opportunity to do something to raise awareness is really important, especially in the male-dominated industries, like the mining and extractive industries, they should be talking about it too.”

Industry support

When commenting on the initiative, Thomas noted there had been “a few raised eyebrows” when customers received pink idlers but he said support overall had been “tremendous”.

Hy-Tec Concrete, which operates quarries and concrete plants in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory, supported the initiative by installing a new plant with pink idlers along the entire length of its conveyor.

“Hy-Tec came back and said they were really proud to support this initiative, and that it’s been a really good trigger for conversations,” Thomas said.

“There’s also been other quarries and extractive businesses, from Cairns to Canberra, who have welcomed the pink idler and welcomed the fact that we’re doing something to raise awareness.”

He added Ram Conveyors still had pink idlers in stock.

“We still have some left and if anybody at any stage wants an idler and they want it pink to carry on the good work, we’d be happy to do that.”

Ram Conveyors is based in Rocklea, Brisbane and supplies various conveyor belt solutions to the bulk materials handling industry.

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