Help me! Echo editor Rudi Maxwell is going behind bars for the PCYC Time 4 Kids, where local identities are doing time to raise money to help reduce youth crime. PCYC manager Mark Greig encourages people to come on the day and help pay their bail.
Help me! Echo editor Rudi Maxwell is going behind bars for the PCYC Time 4 Kids, where local identities are doing time to raise money to help reduce youth crime. PCYC manager Mark Greig encourages people to come on the day and help pay their bail.

Echo editor put behind bars

Everyone always expected Echo editor Rudi Maxwell to end up in prison one of these days, but few would have expected Mayor Jenny Dowell to end up in the clink with her.

The two women have not actually committed any crime – that we know of – but are voluntarily putting themselves behind bars along with several other local identities for the Lismore PCYC’s charity fundraiser Time 4 Kids: Doing Time to Prevent Youth Crime.

The criminals have to raise as much money as they can through pledges from family and friends before they are locked up in a public prison in the middle of Lismore Shopping Square on Thursday, April 15.

Other law-breakers taking part include Page MP Janelle Saffin, local police commander Bruce Lyons, Southern Cross University executive director Malcolm Marshall, PCYC life member Jim Crethar OAM, and Lismore Shopping Centre manager Rob Walker and operations manager Andrew Helmood.

Lismore PCYC manager Mark Greig said people can come along on the day and donate money to bail out their favourite criminal, or alternatively you can donate to keep them locked up for longer!

“It’s going to be a fun sort of day – it’s fairly unique as a fundraiser,” Mark said. “How often do you get to see the Mayor or the local member for parliament locked up? They will all be keen to get out of their cell, which we’ll have out the front of Woolies, but if you want you can actually pay to keep them in!

“If The Echo never printed your letter to the editor, now’s your chance to get one back!”

All proceeds raised during Time 4 Kids will go to the Lismore PCYC, which is working to reduce youth crime by providing sporting and fun activities for young people as well as specific case management for young offenders to help them change their attitudes and their behaviour.

Time 4 Kids happens at Lismore Shopping Square on Thursday, April 15, with two sessions – 9-11am and then 2-5pm. Anyone who’d like to help out Rudi and make a pledge should email editor@echonews.com.


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