Youths and celebrities volunteered to be locked up in mock jails at Martin Place today to raise funds for youth crime prevention programs.
The Time4Kids fundraising event, part of National Youth Week, invited members of community to “Do time to stop youth crime“. This involved being locked behind bars under police supervision until enough bail was raised through donations to be set free.
The all day event supports youth development and crime prevention programs at Police and Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC), with money raised going towards programs, facilities and equipment.
PCYC volunteer and scholarship winner, Shaynan Carney, said the day was a positive way to help provide youths with new activities and interests to keep them away from crime.
“The whole point of this is to get youth off the streets,” she said.
“The funds raised will go towards youth programs and providing facilities and activities for youth to get involved in.”
Yellow Brick Road executive chairman, Mark Bouris, and Macquarie Bank’s investment advisor, Marcus Droga, participated in this year’s event.
Mark Bouris told the Newsroom Time4Kids was an important campaign for Australia’s youth.
“There is nothing more important than getting young kids, particularly kids who have had a bit of trouble, off the streets doing something with their hands,” Mr Bouris said.
“Whether it’s boxing or whether it’s learning how to play a musical instrument or playing basketball, it doesn’t matter, it’s very important to those kids.” – Jacinta Scott
Photos by Mohammad Rassawala.