The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation hosts memorial services and fund-raisers to remember fallen police officers
Small ways perhaps to remember those who have paid a price beyond measure and raise a few dollars for the Blue Ribbon Day Appeal. in their local communities to remember fallen police officers by installing memorial projects in their own hospitals.
Memorial services will be held in Melbourne and regional locations on 29 September to mark Blue Ribbon Day, and remember that 159 members of the police force have been killed whilst serving and protecting the community.
The Day is also meant to acknowledge the work and dedication of the over 16,000 police members who continue to serve.
Badges of Remembrance and other items in support of Blue Ribbon Day will be on sale through police stations and retail businesses including all Woolworths supermarkets.
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation now has a strong network of 17 regional branches around Victoria that are working in their local communities to remember fallen police officers by installing memorial projects in their own hospitals.
The Foundation has funded 46 projects in public hospitals and purchased additional equipment for some that have been funded in years gone by. In the past year the Blue Ribbon Foundation donated more than $685,000 to Victoria’s hospitals. Recent projects have included an emergency helipad at Portland Hospital, an emergency resuscitation unit at Epworth Hospital in Richmond and an area within the new Intensive Care Unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
On 27 September, the Foundation will be dedicating the new Urgent Care Centre at Maryborough Hospital in memory of Senior Constable Maurice Moore who was murdered in that town exactly 30 years ago on 27 September 1986.
Over recent years the Blue Ribbon Foundation has led the Police Graves Restoration Council to audit, rebuild or refurbish the final resting places of a number of police heroes who were killed in the line of duty. This included major work to restore the graves at Mansfield Cemetery of three members—Kennedy, Lonigan and Scanlon, who were murdered by the Kelly gang in 1878.
The Blue Ribbon Foundation hopes to create something positive from events of tragedy in Victoria’s history – remembering lives by saving others. The Foundation is grateful to Rotary Clubs around Victoria for their annual recognition of this special day and for the contributions both financial and in other ways.
A visit to website www.remember.org.au will show people how to make a donation to the Blue Ribbon Foundation that will assist in building new and improved emergency facilities in public hospitals.