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Roaring 20’s Blue Ribbon Ball

Dear Editor

I was delighted to attend the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation & Geelong Combined Emergency Services ‘Roaring 20’s Blue Ribbon Ball’ last Saturday night at Rydges Geelong.

Now in its eleventh year, the event’s theme this year saw hundreds of people dressed up to the nines or rather roaring 20’s – which really was a sight to see. Prizes were awarded for the best-dressed male and female and I’m relieved to say that was allowed and not dumbed-down as the best dressed what, I don’t honestly know. I hope the organisers didn’t have to get Daniel Andrews to sign off on allowing those words ‘male’ and ‘female’ to be used.

Joining me in celebrating our dedicated emergency services personnel, whilst raising much-needed funds for medical equipment for Barwon Health, were Shadow Minster for Emergency Services, Brad Battin, Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos and Liberal Candidates for Bellarine and Geelong; Brian McKiterick and Freya Fidge.

Ian Cover, a last minute call up MC filled in and as always did a great job in keeping us entertained with his razor-sharp wit together with a few interesting Geelong stories.

It was also terrific to see Peter Hitchener OAM there chatting and mingling with everyone and generously allowing many photos throughout the night. As we know Peter is the Patron of the Barwon Health Foundation and Geelong Hospital Appeal.

We were treated to a surprise Chicago themed ensemble performing songs from the hit musical, they were fabulous and the very cool Code One Rock Band provided us with many opportunities to take to the dance floor.

This event relies on numerous committed volunteers, a lot like our emergency services and it takes many months of planning with everyone pitching in, so I take this opportunity to acknowledge them all, together with the generous supporters who donated prizes and goods for the silent auction and ‘lively’ live auction that night.

However the real hero of the night and the reason for its success is due in no small part to the work put in by Leading Senior Constable Andy Brittain, who works extremely hard every year to ensure that this event is a sell-out as it was again this year. It’s no surprise he was named the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s Policemen of the year in 2017.

My sincere congratulations to Andy and all those involved in making this event so successful – and whose efforts saw over $10,000.00 raised for emergency medical equipment for Barwon Health.