Bluey works for charity

The Cooper grandkids farewell Bluey ahead of the grader’s stint on the ACT Healthy Waterways site at Mawson. Have you seen Bluey working on the ACT Healthy Waterways site on Athllon Drive? For every hour Bluey works, owners Coopers Earthmoving donate $5 to beyondblue.

The family-owned business employs about 20 people and is one of a number of sub-contractors working on the ACT Healthy Waterways project. They have a long history of supporting charities and community groups, explained Sally Cooper.

“We also have a pink grader that raises funds for the McGrath Foundation. It all started in 2013 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She received wonderful support from her McGrath Breastcare Nurse and we started looking for a way to give back,” said Mrs Cooper.

“Painting a grader pink turned out to be a pretty simple and effective way to raise funds. In the four and a half years since we have raised over $37,000.

“The idea of a blue grader had been on the go for a while as we are aware of the huge impact depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses have on our society and the important role that beyondblue plays.

“The blue grader is so visible. People see Bluey and ask questions. It helps to raise awareness, particularly in the male-dominated construction industry because six out of every eight suicides in Australia are men.

“If you see Bluey or Pinky in your travels, take a few minutes to think about the people around you. Mental health issues can affect people from all walks of life, backgrounds and income levels. Start a conversation with someone you think may be at risk because social contact can make a huge difference,” said Mrs Cooper.

To find out more, get help or to make a donation, go to beyondblue or the McGrath Foundation.

Image: The Cooper grandkids farewell Bluey ahead of the grader’s stint on the ACT Healthy Waterways site at Mawson.

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