Member Stories

Jeremy Crotty

On New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2015, Jeremy Crotty and his partner Chantelle, along with their neighbours at Midland Caravan Park in Middle Swan Western Australia, found themselves victims of a random arson attack that threatened to destroy their homes. It was 30 seconds to midnight. Jeremy was at work in the nearby Westrac warehouse, ...
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The Paki Family

February 24th, 2014 changed my family’s life forever. I lost both my husband Kevin and son Brian in a traffic accident, as they were returning to Kalgoorlie from dropping our other son Joshua off to start his University course. My four remaining children lost their Papa and much-loved brother. Kevin worked for Norton Gold Field’s ...
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Steve Johnson

Whilst moving house in late January, I noticed a dry cough coming on, discounting it as sensitivity to dust while cleaning, I paid no attention. By the first week of February, I was in a worse state, coughing regularly and it was now interrupting my days. My wife Niomi urged me to go to the ...
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Cheryl Lyle

Cheryl Lyle was a well-known member of the community in Newman, working in administration for BHPBIO. When she did not turn up for work on a glorious May morning in 2011, concerns were raised. Tragically, Cheryl had passed away at her home, from a heart attack. Her brother John, while sorting through her paperwork, found ...
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Jordan Marriott-Statham

The 7th July 2011 is a date seared into the hearts and minds of Jordan Marriott-Statham’s family and friends – forever.  On this day, he was tragically killed, crushed by a loaded crane in Port Hedland, in WA’s North-West. Jordan was a well-loved and cheerful worker in the belting yard of BHP’s operations on Finucane ...
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Nathan Heatley

When a 30th birthday celebration turned into a life-threatening situation for maintenance co-ordinator Nathan Heatley, his wife Michelle knew who to call. Three years ago, the couple witnessed the extraordinary support given by Miners’ Promise after their good friend Jordan Marriott-Statham died in a work accident at the BHPBIO Port Hedland operations in WA. “Seeing ...
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Eric Fordham

Resource industry workers are the backbone of our land; strong, resilient, tough. But when serious illness comes knocking, even the strongest need support. This is where Miners’ Promise excels, in supporting families and individuals at their time of greatest need -something that Eric Fordham knew only too well. Eric was as resilient as they come. ...
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Regan Opalinski

Regan Opalinski was a fit, 35 year old mine worker in Kalgoorlie with one nagging problem, his back. As all chronic pain sufferers will know, the problem is rarely isolated. The constancy of the pain wears you down, pervades your life and affects your sense of well-being and self-worth. For Regan Opalinski, the chronic pain ...
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