Rally behind regions cops
IT WAS a fundraising idea which Tanya Biar had been throwing around for a while but just didn't know quite how to tackle it.
The Emerald school teacher and former youth support worker had long been a proud and passionate supporter of the nation's police services.
Tanya had always wanted to give something back to the officers who worked tirelessly day in, day out, to keep communities safe; but didn't know the best way to express her thanks.
Now she has found the perfect solution.
Instead of fundraising and donating to the police service itself, she is campaigning for residents to direct their funds to another essential community service which is also backed by local police - the PCYC.
"The police don't get enough wraps as it is, so I just wanted to help out where I could," Tanya said.
"I just wanted to thank police for the job they do."
It's a touching gesture, made all the more poignant on the eve of the service's annual day of commemoration - National Police Remembrance Day.
Today the region's police officers will pay tribute to colleagues killed in the line of duty, with a service to be held at Emerald's St Patrick's Church from 10am.
Tanya said officers often copped the rough end of the stick for "just doing their job" in an otherwise hazardous, complex and emotionally-sapping work environment.
She explained how her experiences were first shaped when her brother had a brush with the long arm of the law as a kid, then later in life when she moved in next door to a police officer.
"Without the police where would we be?" Tanya questioned.
To kick-start her police
support campaign, Tanya has scheduled a school fundraiser for early in the next school term and a Thank You Day at Emerald PCYC on October 27.
And she's not stopping there, with more plans in the pipeline to be finalised soon.
Ever humble, this dedicated community advocate isn't seeking recognition for her efforts - she just wants people to back her cause.
"The people that deserve the recognition are the people that take up the challenge and give to the PCYC," she said.