Chair's Report June 2022

The last couple of months have been extremely busy and rewarding as we get back to business as usual. The Blue Ribbon Ball was a great success, with the 800 guests who attended having a fantastic night. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our corporate supporters and all who came to support us. We thank Police Legatee Margie Richardson who was brave enough to share her story on the evening. Margie was able to highlight the struggles of being a sole parent, and the assistance that Police Legacy can provide.

We were also lucky enough to have the presence of the Patron of NSWPL the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency The Hon Margaret Beazley AC QC, and our two Co-Vice Patrons the Deputy Premier The Hon Paul Toole and Commissioner Karen Webb APM. Their presence at the Ball highlighted the importance of the work we do at Police Legacy.

Straight after the Ball we plunged into the final organisation of the Remembrance Bicycle Ride from Sydney to Canberra – another great success not only in remembering the legacy of deceased officers, but also in raising substantial funds to allow Police Legacy to continue with its work. On the ride we were very fortunate to be joined by Mark Renshaw, a veteran of many Tour de France races and a guru in the cycling world. We do appreciate Mark for giving up his time to support the Police Family.

Over the last four years it has been one of the best opportunities in my 35-year policing career to be the Chair of NSWPL. It is an experience that I have cherished, and I have gained a significant insight into the emotional and fiscal challenges our legatees face every day. I take great pride in the team at Police Legacy who are so devoted in ensuring they can provide the best services and assistance to all our legatees.

After a great deal of consideration and in the best interests of my family and myself, it is with sadness but surety that I make the decision to retire from the role and from NSW Police at the AGM. I thank everyone who has supported me in the role as Chair over the last four years. You will always be fondly remembered. I know the Police Legacy team will keep on providing the highest level of service and will continue to grow under their new leadership.

I will continue to have some involvement with NSW Police Legacy as a volunteer when needed. I will always be around to support the Police Family.

Editor’s note: Gary is too modest to mention this, but the image above him at the Blue Ribbon Ball receiving the Commissioner’s Commendation for Courage from The Commissioner, for his recent bravery on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.