Le­gacy in need of more rid­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Or­gan­is­ers of the pre­miere fundraiser for char­ity WA Po­lice Le­gacy are call­ing for more North West vol­un­teers to get on their bikes for a good cause.

The WA po­lice char­ity’s an­nual Kar­ratha to Broome bike ride, now in its 23rd year, will be tak­ing place on Au­gust 16 to 20 and or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for more rid­ers as well as sup­port crew mem­bers keen to get in­volved.

Par­tic­i­pants will ride the 850km dis­tance from Kar­ratha to Broome non-stop over about 36 hours, split into two teams who will cover the trip in turns, es­corted by a sup­port crew.

All pro­ceeds from the ride go to­wards WA Po­lice Le­gacy, a sup­port char­ity for part­ners and de­pen­dent chil­dren of po­lice of­fi­cers who die or are in­ca­pac­i­tated in the line of duty.

Kar­ratha po­lice act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Glen Dins­dale said he en­cour­aged peo­ple to get in­volved to help sup­port a wor­thy cause.

“Le­gacy’s a good cause; the char­ity’s for fallen po­lice of­fi­cers and is to sup­port fam­i­lies of po­lice of­fi­cers who died on duty and just sup­ports po­lice of­fi­cers in gen­eral,” he said.

This year’s event has about 16 rid­ers tak­ing part but or­gan­is­ers are call­ing for as many as pos­si­ble to sign up and help make the event a suc­cess.

It is open to all mem­bers of the pub­lic as well as po­lice of­fi­cers.

Rid­ers so far tak­ing part in­clude Pil­bara Dis­trict Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Coombes, eight Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cers, a mem­ber of the WA Po­lice Union and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from BHP and Wood­side.

Or­gan­is­ers are also hold­ing a raf­fle with the first prize a camper trailer val­ued at more than $24,000.

Act­ing Sen. Sgt Dins­dale said Le­gacy was an im­por­tant char­ity for mem­bers of the po­lice force.

“An of­fi­cers dies on duty and has a young fam­ily, that fam­ily is go­ing to need sup­port for quite a long time,” he said. To reg­is­ter, con­tact Kar­ratha po­lice on 9143 7200.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha po­lice act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Glen Dins­dale, First Class Con­sta­ble Jas­mine Car­lin, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Emma Goodall and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Bren­dan Byrne.

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