Appreciation > Constable Richard Douglas
All Tasmania Police Charity Trust Board Members wish to extend their appreciation to Constable Richard Douglas for his exceptional efforts over the past five years in coordinating the Annual Charity Trust Bike Ride. This annual fundraising event, for which he solely initiated, has now raised $204,000 for Tasmanian charitable organisations including Down Syndrome Tasmania, Ronald McDonald House, Camp Quality Tasmania, Menzies Research Institute and Heart Foundation Tasmania.
Each year, since 2007, Constable Douglas has coordinated a large team of enthusiastic riders who are keen to raise funds; predominately to assist charitable organisations who work with disadvantaged Tasmanians are suffering from childhood disease.
Supporting Down Syndrome Tasmania is particularly close to Constable Douglas’ heart, and as this organisation has been nominated as a beneficiary on three occasions, raising $75,000, he has recently been nominated for their first ever Life Membership of that organisation. This follows Constable Douglas’ nomination in 2011 for a ‘Pride of Australia’ award for continual efforts to raise funds for disadvantaged Tasmanians.
It takes considerable effort to coordinate this important annual fundraising event, which sees a marked increase in the amount raised each year. The event is highly anticipated each year by enthusiastic riders, who, once they have participated once, are eager to come back and do it all again the following year. It is no small feat that Constable Douglas assembles this large team, liaises with sponsors, organises the support vehicles and crew, riding kits, accommodation and meals, and takes care of the fundraising effort every year. His efforts are greatly appreciated by the Board of the Tasmania Police Charity Trust, participants of the bike ride and all respective beneficiaries.