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The Moreton Bay Region community came together to smash a fundraising target, which was set to raise funds that will go towards building a monument in the new Moreton Police District Memorial Garden.
This monument will ensure the Moreton Bay community remember those police that have given the ultimate sacrifice (their life) to protect the community.
101.5FM – 4OUR Moreton Bay’s Own Radio Station, along with the Caboolture Sports Club and Moreton Police District put together a fundraising dinner that was also supported by BADGE Construction Group, and Jessica and Camryn Brown from Platinum Event Hire.
The evening was attended by many community groups and business leaders, who dug deep throughout the event that focused on the career of Superintendent Michael Brady, who has been the District Officer of Moreton for the past 11 years and is set to retire.
While Superintendent Brady was meant to be roasted throughout the night by guests, overwhelmingly he was praised for his ability and approach in his role that brought police and the community closely together.
The Queensland Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, Hon Mark Ryan acknowledge Superintendent Brady’s influence on the region.
“Mick, you’ve got a lot of friends in this room, but also there’s a lot of people here who I think are here to say thanks for your service to our region..,” Minister Ryan said to the audience.
Support Officer to District Officer, Sergeant Melissa Bicanic reflected on how inclusive Superintendent Brady has been over the years.
“I learnt recently that he (Brady) currently holds a record, he’s the longest serving District Officer across the state (Queensland), which is quite remarkable,” Sergeant Bicanic said.
In a touching moment, Superintendent Brady’s wife, Leanne Brady revealed that Superintendent Brady had been awarded the Australian Police Medal at an Australia Day ceremony.
“Last year on Australia Day, Mick was acknowledged for his service and awarded the Australian Police Medal, we (the family) could not have been more proud,” Leanne Brady shared.
As the evening came to a close, the fundraising tally was calculated. With the help of a $10,000 pledge from the Moreton Bay Regional Councillors, the target of $20,000 was beaten and became a final total of $28,500.
The Moreton Police Memorial Garden will be built at the new Moreton District Headquarters and Caboolture Police station, which is currently under construction.