Doing the jailhouse rock for PCYC
While the official tally hasn’t been calculated, PCYC manager Mark Greig said the PCYC is on target to raise more than $8000 from the Time 4 Kids fundraiser.
Last Thursday a host of local identities found themselves locked in ‘prison’ outside Woolworths at Lismore Shopping Square, begging shoppers to donate money and help bail them out.
Richmond Local Area Command Superintendent Bruce Lyons and Page MP Janelle Saffin had far too much fun for two people behind bars, with Bruce teaching the local member how to do the ‘Chicken Dance’ much to the amusement of passing shoppers.
“They also did the Macarena and nearly attempted the Worm – there was certainly a jovial atmosphere,” Mr Greig said. “The event was wonderful and we got a lot of support from the community in terms of donations. The prisoners were standing in their cage rattling their tin cup to get money, it was fantastic. They really got right into the spirit of the event and were great sports.”
Mr Greig made special mention of PCYC life member and prisoner Jim Crethar, who alone raised $3325 for his bail money, and also thanked the prisoners, businesses and community members who supported the event.
All proceeds help the PCYC in its mission to reduce youth crime and get young people active. That includes funding for police programs that target young offenders and to purchase much-needed activity equipment for the club.
Mr Greig said the fundraiser was so successful it would now become an annual event.