Geoff Jennings, Senior Constable Gerry Kyte, Geoff Provest, Senior Constable Petah Devine and PCYC manager Mark Madden prepare for Saturday’s “lock-up” at Tweed City .
Geoff Jennings, Senior Constable Gerry Kyte, Geoff Provest, Senior Constable Petah Devine and PCYC manager Mark Madden prepare for Saturday’s “lock-up” at Tweed City . Craig Sadler

Unusual suspects for jail stint

HAVE you ever wished you could lock up your boss and throw away the key?

Employees are getting the chance to see their bosses behind bars on Saturday at Tweed City when a handful of Tweed identities spend time behind bars to assist Tweed PCYC keeping kids out of crime.

The Time 4 Kids initiative will involve Tweed business owners and community leaders such as Tweed MP Geoff Provest, councillor Warren Polglase, surfer and recently

announced Dancing with the Stars contestant Mark Occhilupo and the Tweed Daily News' own general manager Geoff Jennings locked up to raise funds.

“We will be putting ourselves behind bars on behalf of the local PCYC,” Mr Jennings said.

“It's a great opportunity to support the community, and as the voice of the community we (the newspaper) hope to make the news by raising a big amount on the day.”

Mr Jennings has a strategy of his own to avoid being locked up for too long.

“I'm posting $250 to bail myself out, and I hope to at least double that by the end of the day,” Mr Jennings said.

After being detained in a portable jail cell, under the supervision of an officer, the jailbirds will call on friends and work colleagues to “bail” them out.

Tweed Heads PCYC manager Mark Madden said he appreciated the help of the prominent locals and was looking forward to the day.

“It should be a fun few hours at Tweed City and we encourage locals to visit between 10.30am- 12.30pm to see our special guest detainees locked up and arranging bail,” Mr Madden said.

“It costs us over $600,000 a year to operate and the bulk of funds are generated locally by our club through user fees, grants, our weekly markets and fundraising schemes such as Time 4 Kids.”

Individuals can make donations on the day or phone Tweed Heads PCYC on 07 5599 1714.



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