Gladstone personalities do time to help at-risk youth
SOME of Gladstone's most prominent residents found themselves behind bars at the weekend at Stockland Gladstone.
Gladstone PCYC assistant branch manager Senior Constable Peter Dixon said it was all for the Time4Kids PCYC fundraiser, which was held across Australia from April 5-13 during Youth Week.
He said the event helped raise funds for programs for at-risk youth.
"It is to benefit our youth, and all the money raised stays in Gladstone," Snr Const Dixon said.
The inmates included community leaders such as councillors and politicians.
"Most of the people I approached were happy to do the fundraising," he said.
Last year the event raised $9000 for Gladstone PCYC, and Snr Const Dixon said this year they were aiming for $10,000.
Those funds would be put towards a number of programs including taking an awareness program to high school students.
Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham was loud and proud about her stint behind bars.
She said it was a pleasure to be involved in the fundraiser, especially because it was helping the local PCYC.
"The PCYC has a really broad range of programs for kids who need support," Mrs Cunningham said.
"It's a great organisation, and this is a bit of fun."
She said the passers-by got some enjoyment from the day as well. Mrs Cunningham said everyone had been very generous.