Light given barbecue to help good work

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Great cause... PlaceMakers Gore mana ger Micheal Archer, left, holds a dedication plaque while Senior Constable Steve Heyrick and Acting Sergeant Chris Dunbar admire his donation at the Gore police station last week.

Senior Constable Steve Heyrick of Gore, was expecting a hefty price tag when he went to choose a new barbecue for the Blue Light programme.

Instead, it was free.

The senior constable organises events for the Gore branch of the police-partnered youth charity.

Its old barbecue needed replacing after 10 years of heavy use, so he went to PlaceMakers Gore.

“When we arrived, we got asked to see the manager.

“He asked about Blue Light and what we’d be doing with it, then gifted it to us,” Snr Const Heyrick said.

He was grateful for the donation.

“It’s a very kind gesture.”

The barbecue was worth about $1300 or $1400, and he had high hopes for its future, he said.

“I reckon [it will last] about 20 years. It’s pretty sturdy.”

The barbecue, which had been fired up twice already, would be used at future Blue Light events, such as an annual camp, school visits, and a possible flying day at Mandeville.

The organisation gave children and young people positive experiences with the police, he said.

“Blue Light is about police interacting with kids in an environment free from alcohol or drugs or family violence.

“It’s so they see police in a different light, where they’re not always being enforcers.”

A dedication plaque was fixed to the barbecue last week.

PlaceMakers manager Michael Archer said he wanted to support Blue Light because the organisation did good work in the community.

“It’s a great cause,” Mr Archer observed.