Jail House rocks for charity

Lismore City councillor Jenny Dowell and The Echos sports writer Laurie Axtens prepare to do time behind bars for the Red Cross next Saturday.

Some of Lismores best known citizens (and one Ballina interloper) will be doing time in the slammer for a good cause this Saturday, October 21.

The Red Cross Jail House will be open from 11am at Lismore Shopping Square and people can pledge money to get their chosen jail-bird locked up for an hour. The nine well-known personalities will be led to the lock-up in handcuffs, wearing prison attire, and will be fed dry bread and water.

For people with a sympathetic side, they can also choose to pledge money to bail the prisoners out again.

Scott Krueger from the Red Cross said the fundraiser had been run twice before as Celebrity Prison and on both occasions $15,000 had been raised.

He said it was a very successful fundraiser because it was something a bit different and because the people who volunteered their time worked hard to drum up pledges beforehand.

The money raised will go towards supporting Red Cross services such as Telecross (a daily phone call made to an elderly, isolated or injured person to make sure theyre alright) and Save-a-Mate, which teaches people to recognise the signs of a drug overdose and what to do.

Rocknroll dancers the Summerland Rockers will be providing entertainment, and kids can also meet Prime Possum.

Prisoners for the lock-up include Echo sports writer Laurie Axtens, Lismore City councillors Jenny Dowell and Graham Meineke, Gary Sanders from Lismore Phones and Car Audio, Ballinas deputy mayor Sharon Cadwallader, Prime TV sales manager Bill Graham, Rob Walker from Lismore Shopping Square, solicitor Ben Carroll from Stone and Partners and Nancy Casson from Summerland Credit Union. To pledge money phone 6622 3244 or simply turn up on the day.

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