Bunbury Police Station is buzzing with excitement as twelve dedicated officers prepare to get muddy for a good cause next month.
The officers will join in the fun of the South West Mudfest at Bootleg Brewery on July 1 and are calling on the community’s help to raise money for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
After a successful attempt at the 12km ‘Dirty Dozen’ course in last year’s event for a bit of fun, the boys in blue are upping the ante, donning Daniel Morcombe Foundation shirts to raise money for a good cause.
Last year, four officers and their families managed to pull together $2000 to donate.
This year, they want to more than double that. And they need the public to get behind them to achieve their $5000 fundraising goal.
Bunbury police First Const. Sean Follows has been involved with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation as an ambassador for three years.
The foundation is a non-profit organisation set up by Bruce and Denise Morcombe after the abduction and murder of their son Daniel.
The foundation educates children on safety and their key objectives are to educate children regarding their personal safety; to assist victims of crime, particularly where crime involves children; to remember Daniel with suitable child safety community awareness events, and to support the families of Missing Persons particularly where it involves children.
First Const. Follows said he was drawn to helping the Daniel Morcombe Foundation as part of his participation in the Mudfest.
“I was just compelled to do something. They’re a non-profit organisation so they need this money,” he said.
“Whether Daniel reminds me of my own son who’s ten years of age, whether that’s got something to do with it, I’m not sure but I’m very honoured to be a part of helping this foundation.
“We can’t get out to every school and every family and tell them about the dangers of society and the warning signs out there, but the Foundation does it for us so we’re helping each other out.”
Senior Sargeant Mal Jones said it was great to see much of the Bunbury police team getting behind Sean and his campaign.
“It’s greatly improved this year – Sean is very committed as an ambassador and we’re happy to support him in any way we can and we’re very proud of what he’s doing,”
“It’s a great foundation and a great cause. The Foundation itself works in several ways, one of which is helping kids to learn protective behaviours to keep themselves safe and that’s very much intrinsic to what we do.
“We don’t want to be investigating situations where children have gone missing.”
You can donate to the cause by visiting danielmorcombe.com.au.