Kalgoorlie Miner – 12 September, 2016
Written by Natalie Nazzari
The State’s Police Commissioner was one of 27 motorbike riders who passed through Coolgardie on Friday to remember police officers who have died in the line of duty.
Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan is among some 2000 officers who will converge on Canberra on Saturday to attend a service at the National Memorial.
The ride is part of Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance, which began in 2009 after two police officers started a conversation about riding to the memorial.
“It’s a chance for us to remember all those police officers around Australia who have been killed in the line of duty. We, fortunately, in WA have no one who has been killed on duty,” he said.
“Part of this is also about trying to help families who are left behind – police officers are out there doing quite dangerous work.”
This is the seventh year Mr O’Callaghan has participated in the event, which raises funds for his charity, Bright Blue, created in 2011 after two children of serving WA police officers were diagnosed with the cancer neuroblastoma. So far $1.6 million has been raised.
Mr O’Callaghan said each rider had pleged to raise $3000 to go towards the Children’s Cancer Institute, where researchers are working towards finding a cure.