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HVO helps Mark Hughes in the fight against brain cancer


Staff at a Hunter Valley coal mine have raised $10,000 to help the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) continue its fight against brain cancer.

Hunter Valley Operations’ (HVO) general manager Dave Foster presented the funds, on behalf of the company’s employees, to MHF co-founder Mark Hughes at a training day at the Singleton Civic Centre this month.

Dave Foster and Mark Hughes.

Mr Foster said the money had been raised by staff purchasing hard hats with a specially-designed logo.

“With several members of the HVO workforce having a personal experience with brain cancer, the team wanted to do something practical and visible onsite to support them and others,” he explained.

“While they’ve bought MHF beanies, these can’t always be worn, so we came up with the hard hat idea.

“The project is about raising much-needed funds but also raising awareness about brain cancer and the work of Mark Hughes Foundation with our staff and contractors.”

The former Newcastle Knights star said the money would go towards innovative research and providing support to people impacted by brain cancer and their families.

“Alarmingly, very little is known about brain cancer, its causes or how it can be best treated,” Mr Hughes added.

“We’re so grateful for the backing from HVO and its staff.

“Support like this helps us to fund research by HMRI and other national researchers, and to keep our nurses in the community to help families when they are in the toughest time of their life.

“We hope everyone will consider supporting our work again this year through our Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign, which includes the NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Round between 29 June and 2 July.”

Since Mr Hughes and wife Kirralee founded MHF in 2013, following his diagnosis with brain cancer, it has raised more than $24 million.

About 1,200 Australians die from the insidious disease annually.

Brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in children, and adults aged under 40 in Australia. Survival rates have only increased by 1% in the past 30 years.

HVO employs approximately 1,500 people at its mine in Lemington, north of Singleton.

And, the MHF is one of the charities and causes its staff support in addition to those through its bi-annual community grants, charity truck tray partnerships and workplace giving programs.

To find out more about MHF services or to support its work visit

To find out more about HVO’s community support visit

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