CQ mining engineer loses his ‘prided’ mullet to raise funds
GRADUATE mining engineer Flynn Malnic had been growing his mullet since early 2019.
It had become a thing of legend around the workplace and was undoubtably his pride and joy.
When Mr Malnic broke the news to his colleagues at Carborough Downs underground mine he wanted to shave off his luscious locks, they were shocked.
He told his co-workers the reason he wanted to shave his head was to raise funds for Cancer Council.
Thanks in part to the eagerness of his team members, who were quick lend a helping hand, he raised $9128.
His employers, Fitzroy Australia Resources, generously dollar-matched this figure, taking the final fundraising total to $18,256.
"I never thought we'd be this successful," Mr Malnic said.
"All the credit belongs to the incredibly generous people I work with and to the management team at Fitzroy for doubling our efforts."
He said he opened the floor to other colleagues who might want to do the shave with him, but "no one wanted to compete with the mullet".
A bake sale was organised instead, with some serious competition to find the best baker at Carborough Downs and provide snacks for the event.
"We did an auction on the day for the privilege of actually shaving the mullet and the top bid was $650," Mr Malnic said.
As someone who has been volunteering and fundraising since a young age, he was thrilled his fundraiser had generated so much support in his work community.
"We pride ourselves on being 'a family business that mines coal' and we really pulled together as a family for this fundraiser," he said.
"Several of my family and friends have been affected by, but thankfully recovered from, cancer. It was a great way to honour them and to support other Australians struggling through it."
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan thanked Mr Malnic, everyone at Carborough Downs and Fitzroy Australia Resources, for their support.
"It's great to see workplace communities gathering together in a social and encouraging way, to support all Queenslanders impacted by cancer," Ms McMillan said.
"Cancer Council Queensland is diligently working towards improving the number of people diagnosed with cancer every year by investing in lifesaving research.
"We would not be able to do this without the dedication of regional Queensland communities, who are eager to make a difference to the lives of people with cancer. Together, we're working towards a cancer free future."
Mr Malnic had originally planned to fundraise at this year's Shitbox Rally. However, the event was postponed due to COVID-19, so he decided to organise the head shave fundraiser instead.
Mr Malnic and driving partner Tim Honner will be participating in the rescheduled Shitbox Rally in May 2021. They will drive a 1967 Nissan Maxima, "maxie", worth less than $1000, 3962km from Alice Springs to the Gold Coast. Their aim is to raise $8000 to fund breakthrough cancer research.
To donate to Mr Malnic's team, The Thorny Devils, go to https://autumn2021.shitboxrally.com.au/the-thorny-devils.