Sports club commemorates fallen officers


Fatima Halloum

Werribee Centrals Football and Netball Club raised $2,500 to support the Blue Ribbon Foundation, honoring officers who have lost their lives in the line of service.

The club presented a check to Assistant Commissioner of Police Michael Grainger on Thursday, June 30, with funds raised at a sports lunch, raffle and auction in May.

Club spokesman Alan Stewart said Werribee Centrals’ ethos has “always been to help other groups”.

“Because we’re one of the oldest clubs in Werribee, we’ve probably had the luxury of being able to do that and raise funds that other clubs don’t have the ability to…because they continue to grow,” he said.

“When we launched the annual sports day, we thought, ‘what can we do to give back?’ and Blue Ribbon popped up because of Tim, Richard and their family, and we’ve had plenty of police games here over the years.

Tim, the son of Werribee Centrals Vice President Richard Lewczuk, was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Ass Comm Grainger said he was “really, really thrilled” with the money raised and “very keen” to involve community members in more fundraising efforts to honor officers.

“With this check, we will use it to support the local hospital in some way, to develop a living memorial for police officers who have died in the line of duty,” he said. .

“We are very pleased to be the recipients of the great work that Werribee Centrals has done in terms of fundraising and continued support for the Blue Ribbon Foundation.”


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