A Vision to Help

Mandurah Mail – 23 July, 2015

Super Saturday: Specsavers’ Larissa Needham and Nicole Wilson join the fundraising effort. Photo: Richard Polden.

Specsavers stores across Western Australia raised funds by holding a Super Saturday event on July 18, with $5 from every eye test donated to local charity Bright Blue.
In addition to this a raffle for Bright Blue will be held on the night of the July 25 at the annual Specsavers WA State Ball.
Bright Blue is the Police Commissioner’s Fund for Sick Kids. Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan established Bright Blue in 2010 with a vision to assist in the prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses, particularly those linked to issues police officers see every day – including the abuse of drugs and alcohol, as well as social disadvantage.


Specsavers Help Local Charity

Busselton Dunsborough Mail – 22 July, 2015

Fundraising: Specsavers optometrist Emma Dowding with retail supervisor Carolyn Prosser, optical dispenser Demi Mungham, Jamie Coote and Chantel Hayden.

Busselton Specsavers was raising funds on Saturday to help out local charity Bright Blue. Specsavers put $5 from every eye test to the charity and managed to raise over $100 in just one morning. Bright Blue is the Police Commissioner’s Fund for Sick Kids.
Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan started the charity in 2010 with a vision to assist in the prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses. The charity particularly tries to help children who are impacted by drug and alcohol abuse and social disadvantage.

Shotguns Transformed into Sculpture for New Bunbury Art Exhibition

ABC – 8 September, 2014
Super Peter Hatch

Superintendent Peter Hatch next to the piece he relates to most. A young man with violence in his sights (ABC Local: SK)

For Superintendent of the South West District Peter Hatch, the works have an immediate resonance. For instance, Two Forms of Stillness by Paul Kaptein is a bust size sculpture using wood and gun barrels.
“The hoodie symbolises youth,” said Superintendent Hatch. “The piece symbolises the violence youth can feel towards the community.”
As well, the gun sight on the peak is a metaphor for having sights set on violence, he says.


Thank you from Tony and Janet

Huon Valley News – 23 July, 2014

Tony Vanson recently participated in the Bright Blue Gibb River Ride in Western Australia. The initiative raises money for research in to early childhood diseases.

Tony and Janet Vanson wish to sincerely thank all those who supported Tony’s fund raising efforts over the past few months.
The Bright Blue Gibb River Ride is a West Australian Police initiative that raises money for much needed research in early childhood diseases, with this year’s money supporting research into cancers.
Tony travelled 10,550 kilometres just to be part of this nine-day event that took him to the Kimberley region of Western Australia, where he participated in a 733km ride over some of the country’s worst roads on the most unlikely of vehicle, an Australia Post “postie bike”.


Turning Guns into Art

ECU – 24 April, 2014
stacks_image_7497Guns, knives and other weapons have been reincarnated for a positive benefit in an upcoming art exhibition to be held at Spectrum Project Space.
Weapons collected by WA Police, including those surrendered during last year’s Firearms Amnesty and others confiscated by officers across WA, have been dismantled safely and turned over to about 30 Perth artists who have created extraordinary pieces.READ MORE

Rita Loves Dances for Kids

POST – 15 March, 2014
ritaPolicewoman Rita Cobanov runs 16 discos a year.
Rita, a major crash investigations officer is gearing up for her next event, in Wembley next week.
“I’ve danced with thousands of kids.” Rita said.
“I’d like to play Air Supply and the Bee Gees, but we get all the latest video clips each month.”
Rita got involved with the Blue Light Discos – now called Bright Blue Discos – when she was stationed at Wembley police station 10 years ago.


WA Police Donate Handed in Guns for Artworks

Perth Now – 3 December, 2013

A sample of the arsenal of guns handed into WA police during the amnesty. Picture: Theo Fakos.

In an unusual collaboration between Perth artists and police, firearms handed over under a gun amnesty have been transformed into objects of beauty.
A total of 1281 firearms were handed in by members of the public over three months this year. Police donated them to Edith Cowan University’s art department after they had been dismantled.
Detective Inspector Dale Davies said the parts could not be reused for dangerous purposes and had instead been turned into evocative art pieces.


Family’s Efforts Inspire

Northcoast, In My Community – 18 February, 2013
stacks_image_588Raising money for Bright Blue, the Police Commissioner’s Fund for Sick Kids has become a regular thing for the Engelbrecht family. Their latest event was a fundraising stall at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, where people could have their photo taken on a police motorcycle.
The weekend raised $1871 – “an amazing effort for only two days”, Hayley Engelbrecht said. The Butler family, which is part of the Inspired Crusaders volunteer group, was inspired to raise money for Bright Blue after their daughter Sinead was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour at 11 weeks of age.