According to SafeWork Australia 14 mine-workers across the nation died at work in 2014 and ten a year earlier.
It is in recognition of these statistics that the WA Mining Club makes an effort to stop and remember those who have not come home from a day at the mine site with its annual St Barbara’s Day Luncheon.
The 2014 St Barbara’s Day luncheon on December 5th drew more than 500 people together in a consolidated mark of respect.
Along with a keynote presentation by Atlas Iron Chariman David Flanagan, respects were paid to key members of the mining community which passed away during 2014; Colin Whitten, Lance Farber and Malcolm Wayne Fowlie.
During the event the WA Mining Club also announced a donation of $12,000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which came in addition to funds raised through a raffle run prior to the event and drawn on the day.
The top prizes of a yellow Kimberley Diamond valued at $25,000, a trip for two to the Grand Hyatt Melbourne with flights valued at $2,300 and a white gold pendant valued at $1,650 were awarded to Liz McGuire, Bronwyn Davies and Sarah Hull-Eaton.
The total amount raised from the 2014 raffle amounted to $17,000, taking the total amount raised since the start of the annual raffle in 2007 to $135,000.