We are fortunate to have an active Social Club who
just keep on coming up with great ideas to keep alive the social
camaraderie of our Police Family. This year we have had 9 social
events not including the weekly Thursday Coffee mornings or the
Police events such as Wall to Wall, Police Remembrance day, Retired
Police days and the ride for Justice and various Class Reunions and
Station reunions. It is certainly busy being retired!!!
One such event was a sausage sizzle (in place of the usual Coffee
morning) at Blacktown Precinct Showgrounds in November, with a pink
theme. The BBQ was free to members but all were asked to get into
the spirit for the Cancer Council fundraising activities, wear pink
and donate to this most worthy cause. As you can see, almost all of
the 37 or so members who turned up had something pink on. One member
even brought his dog with a pink doggie coat! In order to get a
photo of the whole crowd, we asked 2 girls who were walking through
the park to take the pic. They obliged and then also donated to the
cause. Some of our members could not attend but donated into the
Collection Box during our last branch meeting. Wonderful.
Parramatta-The Hills doing Cancer Pink Day
We had 39 attendees at our September meeting, only a few
apologies and visitors - Angus McDonald, Kent Vild.
In October, some of our branch members volunteered to assist at
the Ride for Justice fund raiser finishing at Parramatta Park with
stalls and a BBQ lunch. Pictured here are some of our members
with Martha Jabour, Executive Director - Homicide Victims
Septembers Guest Speaker was our member Heath Thompson who on
behalf of Police Legacy took part in trekking of the Kokoda Trail in
New Guinea. Heath described in detail the journey over 9 days and
his experiences during that time and told of the battles by the
Australian Diggers engaged by the Japanese Soldiers as he came
across each memorial along the Trail. As a result of Heath's journey
he raised the sum of $3,500 for Police Legacy. A most interesting
and enthralling tale of courage by all the members of Heath's fellow
participants. In September, many of our branch members attended
Retired Police days held at Blacktown, Riverstone and combined
Parramatta/Holroyd. Some great group photos here. We thank the
various LAC Commanders for their hospitality and warm welcome.
Sadly, in September we lost two of our branch members to cancer -
Ronald McDonald and Merv Kane.
In October, our meeting was well attended with a few apologies
and we welcomed visitors Angus McDonald, Kent Vild.
We were fortunate to have Cath Allen from Police Legacy as our
guest speaker, discussing the upcoming Back up For Life programme.
Cath gave us a wonderful and professional presentation of the
Programme. Some of our members attended a fundraising ball for the
Ebony & Ivory Foundation, organized by Homicide Victims Support
Our November meeting was also well attended with visitors - Angus
McDonald and Kent Vild.
On the welfare front we advise that Ray Robinson is responding
well to his treatment, and Ron King seems to have settled in well at
Boronia House. Reg White and Rex Anderson are still recuperating at
home. Maureen Berry In November our guest speakers were Maureen
Berry (wife of member Chris Berry), and Jane McNabb from BUPA. They
spoke about aged care and what is available to those who may need
residential care, retirement living or respite. It was a very
information talk regarding procedures to be taken by loved ones who
may not be able to continue caring for family members, as their
November also saw some of our members attend a special
Melbourne Cup social function - ladies wore hats, men wore ties or
bow ties and the event was most enjoyable. Some were lucky to be
winners on the day!
Merry Christmas to all.
Paul Wynne, JP