By Natalie Campbell
Supporting regional sport is one way Victoria Police upholds involvement in the community.
In the Goulburn Valley, the annual Blue Ribbon Cup provides a perfect opportunity for police to get involved and for the wider community to show their respect to fallen members of the force.
The Blue Ribbon Foundation began in 1998 to memorialise police members who have died in the line of duty.
Blue Ribbon Foundation Shepparton executive Glenn Gibson said efforts would be made tomorrow at Princess Park to celebrate past and present members of the community.
After every Goulburn Valley League match between the Shepparton Swans and Mooroopna the player voted best-on-field or court will be presented with a specially struck Blue Ribbon round medal, on behalf of Shepparton police.
The GVL’s Blue Ribbon Cup celebrates the efforts of the Echuca and Greater Shepparton branches, and the work they do in the community.
‘‘Local police and competing teams and officials will gather to show respect and remember as they line up prior to the game to observe one minute’s silence,’’ Gibson said.
All proceeds raised at this year’s shield event will be put back into the community, to help fund the rebuild of Goulburn Valley Health.
The foundation’s support has previously helped fund the development of the Eyre-Tynan Accident and Emergency Department, and the Ray Denman Short Stay Unit at GV Health.
‘‘The Blue Ribbon Foundation is working hard to provide a significant dedication to a new and improved facility, expected to be completed in late 2020,’’ Gibson said.
‘‘If you see a volunteer rattling a tin, say hello and be confident your contribution supports the whole community.’’
Gibson said police were grateful for the GVL’s support and wished all teams the best in this year’s showdown.
Natalie Campbell is an RMIT journalism student on work placement The News.