Police officers of the Blue Knights motorcycle club ride for Albany Women’s Centre

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Blue Knights present Albany Women's Centre manager Joanna Fictoor with a donation.
Camera IconBlue Knights present Albany Women's Centre manager Joanna Fictoor with a donation. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

A pack of Blue Knights on motorcycles rumbled into Albany on Friday for a charity ride in support of Albany Women’s Centre.

Serving and retired police officers of the Blue Knights Chapter IV motorcycle club rode from Perth to Bunbury before parking up at Albany Police Station.

With 20,000 members worldwide and 600 chapters, the Blue Knights is the world’s biggest law enforcement motorcycle club.

The Perth chapter is made up of 23 members who have raised more than $4500 for Police Legacy since they formed in 2012.

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President Paul Iriks presented a donation of $500 at the completion of their latest ride in support of the women and children of Albany Women’s Centre.

Mr Iriks said as well as supporting the community groups police help on a daily basis, the club was a social outlet for its members and a place to find support.

“We’ve got a few members that still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder so it is good that we can be together and go for a ride, when we have our meetings we have lunch and a bit of a chat,” he said.

“It is good for the guys to get together and socialise.”

Albany Women’s Centre manager Joanna Fictoor said the donation would support women and children seeking crisis support everyday in the region.

“At this time, with all of the discourse that is happening nationally again around sexual violence, sexual abuse and sexual harassment it shows the issue is still pertinent and it is important to have support from people like the Blue Knights,” she said.

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