Doing time to help young offenders
Corruption has a long history in NSW, so it’s not surprising that the region’s top cop and local member will soon be in jail together.
But far from being dragged away for a scandal, Bruce Lyons and Janelle Saffin are among a host of local identities who have volunteered to don prison garb and be confined to a cell at Lismore Shopping Square next Thursday, April 15, to raise money for the PCYC.
As part of the Doing Time 4 Kids fundraiser, each person will remain in ‘prison’ until they raise $500 for the cause and you can pay either to keep them in or get them out.
PCYC club manager Mark Greig said they were hoping to raise $5000 to support their programs for young offenders and also to get new boxing, kick boxing and judo equipment.
The PCYC works with up to 15 young offenders over a 12-month period and has a record of around 70% of them not re-offending.
Superintendent Bruce Lyons was full of praise for the PCYC service.
“It’s important that we don’t underestimate the long- term achievements of young kids through the PCYC. For so many years it has been an organisation that has kept young kids on the right side of the law and been a guide for young people in the community. It’s important that they continue to run their very worthwhile programs and that the community continues to support them,” he said.