Bosses and community leaders in Wellington were locked up on Friday for the PCYC’s annual charity bail-out.
Mayor Anne Jones, Member for Orange Andrew Gee, Wellington High school principal Don Harvey and PCYC president Barry Jeffery were all locked up with many others “doing time to stop youth crime”.
The day got off to a slow start for the police who had a flat tyre on their way to pick up Woolworths’ manager Jason Mackie.
They then cuffed Andrew Gee at the Times office where they discovered the editor had skipped town and locked up yours truly.
Next, Joblink Plus officer Sonsera Boles and Carewest case worker Tammie Selton were arrested, followed by president of the PCYC and local businessman Barry Jeffery.
“It’s hard to determine the difference that something like this makes, but in a town like Wellington where crime is already a problem, every bit counts,” he said.
“Crime starts with youth and for every juvenile crime, there are probably 10 or 15 that we don’t know about so by preventing crime in just one person makes a huge difference.”
Andrew Gee was keen to raise money for his second stint behind bars.
“One of the things we can do is keep our youth busy and that is something the PCYC does really well,” he said.
“Last year, the NSW government put $19,000 into improving the bathrooms at the PCYC and my predecessor Russell Turner helped with the airconditioning. The PCYC does a wonderful job reducing crime.”
Mayor Anne Jones said that by interacting with the youth of Wellington a lot could be achieved if various community organisations got together, adding that council was currently working with Andrew Gee and acting assistant commissioner Geoff McKechnie with this in mind.
RSL secretary manager David French was also locked up followed by Wellington High School principal Don Harvey who said that doing time to stop crime was a fun way of raising awareness of a serious issue and helping to prevent it.