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Hike for the Thin Blue Line To Help Blue Ribbon Foundation

Packed and ready: Vincent Cotronea, Tarryn McDonald and Kevin Shea will take on the 210km Goldfields Track from December 3 to raise awareness and funds for police hardship. Picture: Dylan Burns
Packed and ready: Vincent Cotronea, Tarryn McDonald and Kevin Shea will take on the 210km Goldfields Track from December 3 to raise awareness and funds for police hardship. Picture: Dylan Burns
Trekking 210km from Buninyong to Bendigo might seem like an extreme way to make a point.

But for three young people passionate about the hardships undergone by police officers, it will be an easy trip to make in comparison.

Vincent Cotronea, 24 and Kevin Shea, 30, both from Bacchus Marsh will be joined by Tarryn McDonald, 25 from Hoppers Crossing when they make the trek of a lifetime starting December 3.

They plan to walk about 30km each day along the Goldfields Track, originally called the Great Dividing Trail, until they arrive in Bendigo, an expedition they anticipate will take about eight days.

The trio is aiming to raise awareness of the stressful duties suffered by police officers and raise money for the Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.

Mr Cotronea said the group would move through bushland along the Yarrowee and townships including Buninyong, Ballarat, Creswick and Daylesford.

Each police station along the way is offering their support with posters and fundraising for the group’s hike, which they have named Hike for the Thin Blue Line.

Read more in The Courier.

Isle of Man Police To Trek Mount Kilimanjaro for Charity


Five police officers from the Isle of Man are undertaking last minute preparations before they swap life on the beat for a gruelling trek to Africa’s highest peak.

There’s just six weeks left before the charity challenge which will see them climb 5,895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The team’s been on a training weekend in Wales where they met the trek leader and learnt about the potential pitfalls of altitude.

You can find out more about the challenge, and donate, by visiting the Cops 2 Kilimanjaro Facebook page.

The trip is being self-funded with officers aiming to raise money for two local charities – Tabitha’s Trust and Manx Miracles – team member Carl Woods says they’ve managed to hit the £2,000 mark:

Source: energy FM.

Public Chip In for Heroic New Zealand Police Officer Needing Surgery

The fund to help a hero cop pay for potentially lifesaving cancer treatment in the UK has now reached $22,000.

Papakura Constable John Connolly was diagnosed with cancer this year. It comes after a highly public beating in South Auckland in 2010 in which he almost died.

Mr Connolly was off-duty and walking his dog when he tried to stop two girls fighting near his home in Tuakau.

As he went to help, he was king-hit from behind before up to 30 teenagers joined the attack, leaving him with a fractured skull, a collapsed lung, a broken jaw and a broken ankle.

Last month, the 44-year-old was told he had throat cancer.

To support John Connolly go to Givealittle fundraising page.

Read more in NZ Herald.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

Illawarra Officers To Join Police Legacy Ride

A fleet of 2000 motorbikes will roar into Canberra on September 12, as the Wall To Wall ride for Police Legacy pulls into town.

Two of those will be Senior Constable Jye Sommers and Constable Glenn Fisher, who gained their motorcycle learner’s licences especially for the ride.

The two Lake Illawarra police officers, helped by Trevor Jordan Motorcycles and Fraser Motorcycles, will join an expected 150 local riders to assemble at Kiama on September 12 for the trek to Canberra’s National Police Memorial.

Read more in Illawara Mercury.

Source: www.illawarramercury.com.au

For more information, or to register for the ride, see walltowallride.com

Illawarra Police Charity Ball Supports Lifeline South Coast

When someone is making a real choice between life and death, they need a team of professionals in their corner.

Counsellors can often help turn things around just by being on the other end of the phone line. But when the situation reaches crisis point, those volunteers can’t always handle the pressure alone – they need the help of the police.

The bond between Lifeline South Coast and Illawarra officers is one that can’t be broken, which is why Graham Gould has nothing but admiration for the men and women in blue.

This year, proceeds from the Illawarra Police Charity Ball will be shared between Lifeline and NSW Police Legacy.

The ball, to be held on July 31 at the University of Wollongong’s University Hall, celebrates a major milestone this year – 30 years and still going strong.

Read more in Illawara Mercury.

Source: www.illawarramercury.com.au

PTSD A Treatable Injury, Says Recovering Saskatchewan Mountie

A Saskatchewan Mountie, who lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), wants other first responders to see it is an injury, not a death sentence. Const. Ariane Muirhead is organizing a charity golf event this Saturday in Fort Qu’Appelle to raise awareness and money for first responders struggling with PTSD.

She was diagnosed with the illness in 2010, after a traumatic incident on the job left her struggling with anger, sleeplessness and substance abuse issues.

“I would describe it for myself almost like having a monster living inside your head. I do not want to see anymore first responders lose their lives to this illness— an injury that is very treatable.” Muirhead told CBC Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger.

Read more on CBC.

Source: www.cbc.ca

Support Campaign Raises Thousands for Slain Officer’s Causes

An Omaha campaign that began as a way to show support for police is now raising thousands of dollars for youth sports and other causes championed by Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

The Omaha Police Department launched the Support Blue campaign in March in the wake of negative public sentiment following a number of highly publicized police-involved shootings around the country.

The profits will go to support organizations that Orozco held dear, like youth sports in north Omaha. Orozco coached a Boys and Girls Club baseball team in north Omaha for four years before her death. The kids she coached knew her simply as “Coach K.” Orozco also volunteered with the Special Olympics and the Latino Peace Officers Association.

Colleagues say Orozco often handed out trinkets, like police pins, to children in an effort to get them to see officers as protectors, not adversaries.

Read more in The Bellingham Herald.

Source: www.bellinghamherald.com

South Utah Organization Vests K-9s Nationwide

If Facebook “likes” really represent popularity, K-9 officer-in-training Tank is no stranger to fame.

Washington City business Tread Armament and Weaponry offered to donate Tank a bullet and stab-proof vest through an organization called Vesting America’s Police K-9s if a photo of him posted on Facebook garnered 1 million “likes.”

Support for Tread Armament and Vesting America’s Police K-9s’ efforts to vest furry officers across the U.S. is contributing to a trend of making sure K-9s are safe on the job, said Kathy Williams, volunteer in the cause.

Williams said she watched coverage of the Zions Bank robbery that happened Sept. 11, 2014, in St. George.

Law enforcement officials sent K-9s to search for the suspect; Williams noticed they wore no protective gear.

“I thought that was really unusual because the dogs were the ones going into the most dangerous part,” she said. “At first I thought, ‘Someone should do something about that. Why not me?’”

But a bit of research showed police departments’ inabilities to fund K-9 knife and bullet-proof vests aren’t rare; Whitney said they’re expensive to begin with.

Read more in The Spectrum.

Source: www.thespectrum.com

Vancouver Island Homeless Man Finds $2,000 On Victoria Street, Brings It To RCMP

The honesty of a homeless man who turned in more than $2,000 he found on a suburban Victoria street could pay off for the unidentified Good Samaritan.

West Shore RCMP Const. Alex Berube said Tuesday that police are looking for the man to tell him his good deed has spurred people to donate to a fundraising effort that’s already hit $1,400.

Berube said police patrols are keeping watch for the man, who has no fixed address but is known in the community of Langford, just west of Victoria.

So far, a GoFundMe page has been launched to reward the man for his act of honesty. The fundraiser has so far raised over $1,600 in an effort to give back “good karma.”

Read more in CTV News and VanCity Buzz.

Source: www.ctvnews.ca