Freemasons Donate on National Police Remembrance Day
The annual National Police Remembrance Day Service was held on Saturday 29 September at the Police Memorial on St Kilda Road in Melbourne. The service was to honour the memory of Victoria Police officers, Protective Services Officers, Police Custody Officers, public service staff and police chaplains who have died between 29 September 2017 and 29 September 2018. The service started with a formal address from Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton AM with another address by The Honourable Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria. The annual commemorative march, that commenced on Princes Bridge saw hundreds of uniformed police, riders and horsemen make their way to the Victoria Police Memorial on St Kilda Road. Police, their families, dignitaries and members of the community all honoured those lives lost.
The month of September is National Police Blue Ribbon month, culminating with Blue Ribbon Day on 29 September. The Blue Ribbon Foundation raises money for improved emergency facilities named in memory of fallen officers in Victoria's public hospitals. It also provides support to loved ones suffering the loss of a family member. Freemasons Victoria supports the Blue Ribbon Foundation by boosting awareness and raising funds that support those who, despite the risks and challenges associated with their role, commit their lives to serving the community.
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation perpetuates the memory of members of Victoria Police killed in the line of duty through the support of worthwhile community projects within Victoria. In total, 159 Victoria Police members have been killed in the line of duty, of these, 30 have been murdered, which underlines the dangers Police members face on a daily basis.
Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Graham Ashton AM, together with the Secretary of the Police Association Victoria Sergeant Wayne Gatt are on a mission to raise awareness and funds for police mental health. The Head to Head project is aimed at police veterans who are unable to access the same level of support as those still serving.
The Police Unanimity Fidelity Club have donated $1,000 and this has been matched by Freemasons Foundation Victoria. The Sturt-Buninyong United Lodge No. 23 has donated $500 to which a further $1,000 has been added by Freemasons Foundation Victoria, making a total of $3,500.
The cheque was given to Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton AM on the National Police Remembrance Day. This is pictured above. From left to right is former Police Officer WBro. Pete Henry PM, Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Graham Ashton AM, WBro. Doug Williams PJGD, RWBro. Richard Elkington DGM.
Pictured above at the National Police Remembrance Day: Former Police Officer VWBro. Myles King PGDC, Chairman of Freemasons Foundation, Former Police Officer RWBro. Garry Runge JP, GSec and RWBro. Richard Elkington, DGM