Doing time for a worthy cause
BEING behind bars is not an ideal situation, unless like some local public figures today, you were doing “Time 4 Kids” and fundraising for the PCYC.
Senior Constable Steve Jeffery said the money would help prevent youths from doing time by allowing the PCYC to continue their programs with young offenders.
“The PCYC is completely self-funded and runs a range of programs and activities to help disadvantaged youth. An example is Youth on the Go, which provides mentoring.
“We recently sent seven young offenders to Singleton Army Base for boot camp and run this program quarterly.
“The programs are hugely successful and out of 35 kids last year, 25 have not re-offended.
“From Tuesday to Friday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, there is the re-engage program which gets youth off the street to engage in activities and interact with positive role models and we have a barbecue every Friday.”
The PCYC follows an interagency approach, with different groups working together to achieve a common goal.
In the cell from 11am to noon were Nationals MP Luke Hartsuyker and the Coffs Coast Advocate’s Claire Simmonds, who were busy calling for the community to help with their bail release.
Community OOSH Services Dave Bourke was tagged as a “menace to society” and collected money to be kept behind bars.
Mr Hartsuyker said he was pleased to help raise money for crime prevention through the “well-targeted” and “effective” youth programs.
Mrs Simmonds said the PCYC provided invaluable services and was closely aligned with a medical and mental health team from Headspace, youth workers and police officers to help kids in strife.
At the end of the day the fundraising tally stood at about $7500.