Aiming to make bail
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.