Police Legacy on epic charity ride
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.