In honour of the four fallen Police Officers in the eastern freeway accident in April, Old Collegian Kristy Rinaldi (2003), recently took part in the Run4Blue campaign. The yearly campaign encourages individuals to walk or run as many kilometres as they like for a month, whilst raising money and awareness for Police Legacy in Victoria.
Following the deaths of Leading Senior-Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior-Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney, the Run4Blue 2020 campaign encouraged individuals to run 159.485km during the month of May, representing the sum of the registered numbers for each officer killed.
“I decided to take part in Run4Blue as I wanted to support the families of the fallen Officers,” said Kristy. “I think the tragic event really affected everybody in some way.”
Kristy joined the Victoria Police in January 2016.
“I joined the Force as I wanted to help people and try to make a difference in their lives,” said Kristy. “I also loved the camaraderie of the Force and the different avenues it opened up in my career.”
During the Run4Blue campaign, over 19 days, Kristy raised just over $3,300 for the cause. Overall, Victoria Police raised $370,000 which will be donated to the families of the four fallen Police Officers.
“The community’s support throughout the campaign was something I’d never seen before in my short career as an Officer,” said Kristy. “People in the street would offer their condolences, whilst others would attend Police stations to lay flowers. It really did hit hard for everybody.”
“I’m so grateful and proud to have been a part of Run4Blue this year,” said Kristy. “I think for everyone involved, it certainly helped with the healing process.”