Doing “time” for youth crime
Thursday, 10th April, 2014
By Erica Visser
A roofless, make-shift jail cell wasn’t the ideal place to be when the rain set in yesterday, but eight “inmates” did their time anyway.
The PCYC’s Time4Kids jailed them to raise money for crime prevention and youth programs.
It was held to coincide with Youth Week which ends on Sunday.
Each of the inmates needed to raise $500 bail and spend time behind bars.
Yesterday, eight people got behind the initiative in the town square and on Saturday more will do their time at Centro Westside Plaza.
PCYC manager Rowena Lawrence said that she hoped the fundraiser would exceed its goal $10,000.
Youth programs help keep kids off the street and involved in productive activities.
“It’s great see community leaders getting involved to raise money for programs such as a free Friday night program, where the kids come in and we give them a free feed and drinks,” Ms Lawrence said.
Last year McDonalds owner Mark Craven raised the most money and he is once again in the lead with $2230 so far.
NRL Game Development Officer Matt Kiddle spent a couple of hours behind bars yesterday.
“The PCYC does a lot to help our organisation, so I was happy to get involved,” he said.
“I raised money from family donations and putting it on Facebook.”
If you would like to donate, look out for inmates dressed in stripes at the plaza from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.