Long ride

Po­lice Le­gacy on epic char­ity ride

North West Telegraph - - Front Page -

With bod­ies bat­tered but spir­its high, Pil­bara po­lice ped­alled into Broome at the week­end to com­plete a char­ity bike ride.

More than 20 rid­ers, fol­lowed by count­less sup­port mem­bers, took part in this year’s 850km Kar­ratha to Broome Bike Marathon for WA Po­lice Le­gacy.

Com­plet­ing the epic ride in just over 30 hours, Port Hed­land of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Jayd Mo­rawski said the ex­pe­ri­ence could be summed up in two words: “good” and “tired”.

“It was non-stop un­til we hit Broome, so sleep de­pri­va­tion was a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor at the end of it but we had some amaz­ing sup­port and it was just a good feel­ing com­plet­ing the event af­ter so much prepa­ra­tion,” he said. “We had some great sup­port vol­un­teers in­clud­ing the Kar­ratha Dampier Lions Club, lo­cal busi­nesses and some off-duty cop­pers all went out of their way to make life eas­ier for us, and be­yond that we had some amaz­ing sup­port from a fundrais­ing per­spec­tive be­cause that’s what it’s all about, fundrais­ing for WA Po­lice Le­gacy.

“I can’t thank BHP enough for their sup­port, and lo­cally as well Pil­bara Boast and Hire, Har­vey Nor­man and Smirkey’s all pitched in, which is amaz­ing to see.”

At the half­way point, and the only stop on the try­ing jour­ney, the po­lice drew their highly an­tic­i­pated Hed­land raf­fle for a quad bike which was won by a lucky Hed­land res­i­dent and his chil­dren.

The rid­ers then got back to busi­ness, with two teams rid­ing in a marathon re­lay style com­plet­ing 40km-100km be­fore tag­ging off to the other team.

“Both teams rode about equal dis­tance and sort of high-fived at each check­point, rid­ing non-stop es­sen­tially to Broome,” Sgt Mo­rawski said.

While most of­fi­cers were able to spend the rest of the week­end catch­ing up on some well-de­served sleep and en­joy­ing the Broome Cup, a cou­ple of Hed­land of­fi­cers showed com­mit­ment to the job, mak­ing the trek back for duty at the North West Fes­ti­val.

Now in its 24th year, the an­nual ride aims to raise money and aware­ness for the WA Po­lice Le­gacy char­ity, which helps the fam­i­lies of de­ceased and in­jured of­fi­cers.

On the dusty red road, Hed­land of­fi­cers make their way to Broome for the WA Pol­icy Le­gacy an­nual char­ity ride.

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