South Australia’s first excavator dedicated to raising money for research into mental health has officially made its debut appearance at a McMahon Services site.
The debut event, hosted by RAM Equipment, showcased the ‘Black Dog Excavator’; a commanding Kobelco SK135SR-7 specially painted black and branded with the logo of the Black Dog Institute. The initiative’s goal is to raise $50,000 by June 2023 to support research and treatment, and to raise awareness and support for, mental health in the construction industry and in industry at large.
“With the generous contributions of our network in the construction sector prior to this event we are excited to have already raised over 95% of our $50,000 target,” said Kevin Grace, MD of RAM Equipment.
“We recognise the importance of mental health in construction and are committed to creating a greater awareness about the importance of safe and supportive environments for all who work in our industry,” he said. “So every donation, no matter the size, will make a difference.”
Representing the Black Dog Institute at the event was Tasman Cassim, Head of Partnerships, who gave a presentation focused on the importance of addressing mental health in the workplace, and practical tools and resources for promoting mental wellness and seeking support. It was an opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insights from a leading expert in the field.
The Honourable Tom Koutsantonis MP, Member for West Torrens, said, “The South Australian government is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for its employees and contractors.
“The Black Dog Excavator campaign is a wonderful initiative to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in the workplace, and in particular, the mental-health challenges faced by those in the construction industry. I congratulate the Fleurieu Connections Alliance, RAM Equipment and the Black Dog Institute on working together to improve the health and wellbeing of those people working hard to deliver infrastructure projects for all South Australians.”
RAM Equipment is inviting members of the construction industry, local businesses, and mental-health advocates to show their support by donating to this worthy cause.
“Construction workers face unique mental-health challenges, and we need to address them as a community,” said Grace. “Together we can make a difference and create a culture of mental wellness in the construction industry.”
To donate to the Black Dog Excavator fundraising efforts, visit teamblackdog. org.au.
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