Ride for a cause

ECHO News – 11 May, 2017
Written by Michelle Beaven
Mt Helena resident Ben Ward is setting off on a fundraising venture which will see him riding a postie bike along the Gibb River Rd.
The married father of two will be leaving Sonny, 4, and Kit, 1, in the capable hands of my wife Nici while he embarks on the trip which is expected to take about eight or nine days.
The 6th Bright Blue Gibb River Postie Bike Ride is an adventure with a difference, with riders using Australia Post postie bikes to complete the trip.
The ride takes in epic scenery of the Kimberley, whilst negotiating creek crossings, unsealed roads and sleeping under the stars.
This year, due to popular demand, there will be two trips across the Gibb River Rd starting next month.
Mr Ward said he managed to get a postie bike from a family friend in Stoneville for training purposes in exchange for a carton of beer.


Court time for charity

Kalgoorlie Miner – 27 September, 2016
John Paul College students and Kalgoorlie-Boulder police officers battled it out on the basketball court to raise money for the Bright Blue fund.
A team of 12 officers competed against a team of seven Year 12 students and two staff members, with peers donating a gold coin to watch the action.
Despite the police having more substitute players, the JPC team fought hard and finished victorious by eight points.
The game was an initiative of local police and linked with the school’s week-long McAuley celebration in honour of Catherine McAuley and her contribution to Catholic education.


Bikers ride to remember

Kalgoorlie Miner – 12 September, 2016
Written by Natalie Nazzari
w2w-2016-picThe 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.


Minister takes on bike challenge

Broome Advertiser – 13 June, 2016
Written by Nicola Kalmar

Transport Minister Dean Nalder with his chief of staff Michael Buba.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder will be rattling his bones down the dusty Kimberley track after signing up for this year’s Bright Blue Gibb River Postie Bike Ride.
Mr Nalder was one of about 20 riders who left Broome last week on Australia Post postie bikes to embark on this year’s challenge.
The ride takes participants through the region to raise money for Bright Blue projects which includes supporting brain cancer research and funding the treatment and prevention of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Now in it’s fourth year, the week-long ride takes in epic scenery of the Kimberley and will finish in Kununurra this Friday.
For more information, visit www.brightblue.org.au.

Top cop’s band fights kids’ disease

Kalgoorlie Miner – 23 May, 2016
Written by Leticia Laing

Laura de Jong, Senior Constable John Doyle, Constable Toni Nicholls and Shelagh Banner with Bright Blue bears to be auctioned at Cocktails for a Cure.

The Filth hope to entertain a big crowd for an upcoming fundraiser at the Kalgoorlie Golf Course.
The Police Commissioner’s band will be one of the highlights of the Cocktails For A Cure event, fundraising to fight a rare disease which mainly affects young children.
Kambalda resident Rebecca Horan, who is part of the organising committee for the night, said she became involved in fundraising when her five-year-old son, Harry, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma two years ago.


Big wheels keep turning for Children’s Cancer Institute

The West Australian –

Dan and Catherine Talbot get in some training. Picture: Michael O’Brien

Sitting atop a five-foot wheel and grinding along vast stretches of highway is the best way to see WA’s diverse landscape, Det-Sgt Dan Talbot says.
Det-Sgt Talbot, his wife Catherine, friends Peter Taplin, Dan Bolwell and Gokulan Gopal are riding from Perth to Kalgoorlie to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Institute.
But their mode of transport is far from conventional.


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.