Time4Kids raises more than $16,000 for PCYC
LOCAL business leaders, sporting identities and various community members were locked up behind the bars of a makeshift jail cell at Centro on Saturday for the Whitsunday PCYC’s biggest fundraising event of the year – Time4Kids.
Whitsunday PCYC branch manager Sergeant John Dickinson said more than $16,000 was raised by the combined efforts of the 17 local detainees and volunteers on the day.
“Our target was $25,000 and we are currently $8000 short of that but to achieve what we have is still a fantastic effort by the local community,” he said.
“Everyone really got into the spirit of the event this year by making donations to keep their family and friends locked up and funds are still coming in from pledges and personal donations so that number will likely increase.”
All funds will be returned to the local community to support new youth development and crime prevention programs.
Macrossan and Amiet Solicitors director Andrew Telford raised a whopping $2075, while Master Butchers Whitsunday owner Don Cameron raised $1554 for the cause. Following closely behind was Hamilton Island’s Prue Buckley on $1368, Keith Galetey on $1240, Trevor Trundle from Airlie Towing raised $1100, Whitsunday Times managing editor Leanne Abernethy raised $1021, while Mark Cranson from All Spraying and Whitsunday Transit’s Ben Malady both raised $1000.
Members of the PCYC’s Duke of Edinburgh program were also out in force, rattling tins and collecting ex- tra donations on the day.
Sergeant Dickinson thanked all detainees for their fundraising efforts, those who volunteered on the day and Centro Whitsunday for hosting the event.
Residents who missed out on the opportunity to donate can do so by lodging a form at the Whitsunday PCYC or online via the website https://time4kidspcycqld2014.everydayhero.com/au/whitsundayspcyc.
JAIL BIRDS: Macrossan and Amiet Solicitors Andrew Telford, Master Butchers owner Don Cameron, (front) Ray White's Ellen Kerr and Bek Teale of Team Kerr were locked up for Time4Kids at Centro on Saturday morning.