New South Wales earthmoving, excavation and demolition business, Attcall Civil Contractors, has announced the company will partner with The Kids’ Cancer Project to support bold scientific research.
Attcall’s first move in supporting the national charity has been to wrap one of their trucks, affectionately known as “Justy”, in The Kids’ Cancer Project branding.
“Justin was an employee of the Attcall team for approximately 11 years,” explains Clinton McKinnon, Owner and Managing Director of Attcall. “At 35 he was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, he passed the same year."
"He has a young son who was only 11 years old at the time and witnessing the effect of losing the most prominent person in his life was quite devastating to me personally. Therefore I decided to dedicate one of our trucks to Justin so that I would always be reminded of the type of person Justin was and the way cancer effects all of us in different ways.”
The truck features the faces of Sammy Colakidis and Eli Northey - two children living in different states of Australia but who are both being treated for neuroblastoma, a type of infant cancer that develops from immature nerve cells.
Eli’s dad Peter brought the whole family from Wollongong to Camden to see Justy off on its maiden voyage.
As a new-born, Eli had trouble breathing. A tracheostomy at five-weeks-old revealed the shock cancer diagnosis that rocked the family’s world.
“It just hit me like a freight train,” Eli’s dad, Peter says. “We knew Eli was sick. He’d had breathing issues since he was born in August 2019. But to find out it was cancer, my whole life just fell apart.”
As well as raising awareness through the moving billboard of one of their fleet, Attcall will be donating 10 cents for every kilometre Justy travels.
“Attcall is a small family-owned business and as such we are very close to our employees,” says Clinton.
“Over our years in business we have been touched by cancer in its many forms whether it be family, friends or employees and as the director of Attcall, I felt the need to broaden our exposure to cancer related charities, I could not think of a more deserved charity then one helping kids.”
Chief Executive of The Kids’ Cancer Project, Owen Finegan, said financial support from partners like Attcall is imperative in order to bring about the one hundred percent survival of children with cancer while eradicating the harmful impacts treatment can bring.
“Support from Clinton and the Attcall Civil Contractors team allows The Kids’ Cancer Project to support bold science that has the greatest chance of clinical success to improve childhood cancer treatments,” says Owen.
“It’s very motivating knowing we have the support from Australian family businesses such as Attcall, whose values mirror The Kids’ Cancer Project’s.”
“We are thrilled with the partnership and look forward to raising awareness and growing the relationship while creating positive impacts for Australian children,” he says.
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