IN Victoria, 159 police officers have been killed in the line of duty.
This weekend, our football and netball clubs take the chance to remember those who have given their lives for our community.
Since the inaugural match playing for the Silk-Miller Cup in the AFL in 1999 — named after the two officers slain in the Moorabbin Police murders — the Blue Ribbon Foundation has had a close involvement with our great game.
And their involvement extends to the Goulburn Valley League.
This Saturday, the Echuca branch of the foundation will be raising money for Echuca Regional Health.
Sergeant Liam Maher of Echuca Police — who is a committee member of the Echuca branch of the Blue Ribbon Foundation — said it was an important day for the community, as well as for police.
‘‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for the foundation to raise some funds for a cause that is incredibly important not only to us, but to everyone within the community,’’ he said.
Sgt. Maher said it meant a great deal to police that the sport was willing to put their names to the cause.
‘‘For us, players and clubs being willing to recognise Blue Ribbon shows an incredible level of respect for police, and how much our community do value the police force,’’ he said.
‘‘The fact people want to show their support by taking part in this round is very important to us. Having the blue-and-white checkered armbands shows a special recognition of what we do, and we really appreciate it.’’
People will be out in force on the day at Victoria Park accepting donations.
Medals will be awarded to the best players in all football and netball games, while a minute’s silence will be observed before the senior football match by all members of the senior and reserves players, as well as umpires and members of Victoria Police.