Aim­ing to make bail

Cockburn Gazette - - STREETWATC­H -

THERE will once again be pris­on­ers at Fre­man­tle Pri­son, but not the crim­i­nal kind.

White­lion holds its in­au­gu­ral Bail Out event on Thurs­day, lock­ing up a group of will­ing par­tic­i­pants who must fundraise their bail money.

White­lion WA State man­ager Mike Dixon said the funds raised would go to­wards their work sup­port­ing dis­ad­van­taged and at-risk youth through men­tor pro­grams, ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity to step into the shoes of a young per­son who is dis­con­nected from the com­mu­nity due to abuse, ne­glect, drug ad­dic­tion and poverty, ex­cept it’s only for one night,” he said.

“The av­er­age cost per year for each young per­son in the Youth Jus­tice Sys­tem is around $200,000. How­ever, for White­lion to pro­vide them with a men­tor and em­ploy­ment prospects through our pro­grams is about $10,000.”

“In­mates will join hun­dreds of peo­ple across Aus­tralia in a unique ex­pe­ri­ence that makes a real-life dif­fer­ence.” Visit www.white­lion­bailout.org.au for more.

Com­mu­nity worker Rubeun York­shire, White­lion WA man­ager Mike Dixon and se­nior con­sta­ble John Foster.

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