barrow island auction raises over $106,000 for princess margaret hospital

February 9, 2012 – Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) got a new year's boost from Barrow Island workers and Chevron staff in Western Australia, who donated more than $106,000 to the Perth hospital's cancer ward.

The annual Barrow Island Auction, held each October, generated most of the funds.

"Each year we call on contractors and staff on Barrow Island to contribute items to be auctioned at the event. I'm always humbled by the generosity of our contractors, and the recent auction was no exception," said Rick Marshall, auction organizer and Barrow Island control room technician.

Auction items included helicopter flights, a cricket bat signed by Michael Johnson, iPods, a luxury food basket and an assortment of gift vouchers. A few brave donors even shaved their heads to raise funds.

"It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and really getting behind the cause," Marshall said.

Contractors and staff on Barrow Island raised more than $35,000 at the 2011 auction. Other Chevron businesses in Western Australia contributed an additional $22,000. These funds were then combined with the proceeds from the 2010 auction to total more than $106,000.

Proceeds raised in 2010 and 2011 will be used to purchase vital bedside monitoring equipment for the young patients in Ward 3B at the hospital.

The first Barrow Island Auction took place in 2002, after members of the team visited a coworker's sick nephew in Ward 3B and were inspired to raise funds to benefit other kids on the ward. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $500,000 for Ward 3B at PMH.

The child who inspired the auction is healthy today.

Updated: February 2012