UP FOR GRABS: Snr Sgt Steven Stewart, Snr Cnst Danielle Gordon and acting Snr Cnst Aaron Hartwell will auction of the prizes and themselves at the Police Charity Ball.
UP FOR GRABS: Snr Sgt Steven Stewart, Snr Cnst Danielle Gordon and acting Snr Cnst Aaron Hartwell will auction of the prizes and themselves at the Police Charity Ball. Matt Collins

Police auction set to give you a good case of the blues

DOES having your own police officer at your beck-and-call to run errands or get your morning coffee sound appealing?

If it does then you better get your tickets to the upcoming Murgon Police Charity Masquerade Ball.

Murgon Officer-in-Charge, Snr Sgt Steven Stewart said the fundraising dinner would have a huge array of raffles and prizes as well as some unique auctions.

"They (police officers) will be auctioned for two hours' work time to go and volunteer in a business," he said.

Even 'the boss' has put his hand up to donate his time and his skills.

"I'm an all-round handy guy," Snr Sgt Stewart said.

The Police Masquerade Ball is expecting over 250 people to enjoy a great night out and raise much-needed funds for the youth BYTE Night program.

The program has proven to be a successful initiative, with 60-80 Murgon and Cherbourg children attending the regular Saturday evening event.

Snr Sgt Stewart said from what he could see, the program has been an effective way of reducing youth crime in the region.

"Anecdotally, in the nights that we have had BYTE Nights on, there has been a reduction in issues involving youth in the area," he said.

He said the hard-working volunteers involved with the new initiative did a great job, but they could always do with more assistance.

"They need a big volunteer base to help run it," he said.

"The empathy, understanding and insight these volunteers have gained by dealing with local youth is commendable.

"It's about establishing relationships which will help our youth."

The Murgon Police Charity Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, November 23 at the South Burnett PCYC in Murgon.

The black tie event is open to all members of the community.

For ticket sales contact Patrice at Murgon Station during business hours on 4179 5222.

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