Latest News – April 2023

26 Apr

Angela Taylor Memorial Run/Walk 2023

Posted by: Blue Ribbon Foundation

Thank you to everyone that came out in record numbers for the 2023 Angela Taylor Memorial Run/Walk at Albert Park and all those who did the run/walk virtually.
Thank you to everyone that organised and joined teams for today’s event. Team Academy Cruisers won the award for the Largest Team and Team MAC Pack for being the Leading Fundraising team.
Congratulations to #VicPol Craigeburn team for winning the 5km Angela Taylor Memorial Shield, defending their 2022 win and congratulations to Dulai Wurrung (AFP Melbourne) for winning the 10km Angela Taylor Memorial Shield.
Thank you to Angela’s parents Marilyn and Arthur Taylor for your continued support. .
We also thank Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton, our MC Lana Murphy from 9 News Melbourne, Victoria State Emergency Service, Victorian Road Runners , Port Phillip Rotary, Blue Knights – Victoria and all the volunteers for giving their time.
A special thanks to our principal partner BankVic and ESSSuper – Emergency Services & State Super for hosting our BBQ.
Running results are available –
15 Apr

Police Memorial Dedication Ceremony – Ararat

Posted by: Blue Ribbon Foundation

This week, together with our Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat branch and East Grampians Health we hosted a Police Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Ararat to honour the life and service of fallen police members with medical facilities dedicated in their honour.

The ceremony featured the dedication of the new Blue Ribbon Foundation Wing of East Grampians Health Service (Ararat Hospital), which includes the Medical Imaging and Pathology Departments, which houses the new x-ray machine funded by the Ararat branch. The wing was dedicated in honour of the 175 Victoria Police officers who have died in the line of duty.  During the ceremony we re-dedicated previous memorial projects with the unveiling of new plaques which will feature at the hospital including the Urgent Care Centre, Emergency Helicopter Landing Pad and Medical Imaging Dept named in honour of Sergeant John McNally and the Perioperative Unit named in honour of Police Recruit Jason Bond.

The ceremony also included a special tribute to Terry Weeks APM OAM for his 20 years leadership of the Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat branch. Terry’s wife Pauline and their family unveiled a special tribute plaque that will be mounted at the Ararat Hospital in his honour.

We thank the eight serving and veteran police members who read the names of the 175 Victoria Police officers who have died in the line of duty, this was an emotional and moving part of the ceremony.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat Branch committee together with their volunteers and with amazing support from the local community and sponsors have given their time and resources over 21 years to raise an incredible $1 million to honour fallen Victoria Police members and support their local community hospital services. Their commitment to ‘Remembering Lives by Saving others’ has enabled this Dedication and contribution to East Grampians health to occur.

We thank the Chief Commissioner Shane Patton, East Grampians Health, Ararat Rural Council, local police members, the Weeks, Bond and Moore families and all our special guests that supported this dedication.