LISMORE’S leaders were lining up to spend time in the lock-up at Lismore Shopping Square yesterday to raise money for the Police Community Youth Club.
The fundraiser is part of National Youth Week and aims to support the Lismore PCYC’s mission to reduce youth crime and get young people active in life.
With $500 bail required for release, many of Lismore’s incarcerated elite were rattling the cage with their tin cups to draw donations from bemused shoppers.
Six-year-old Danika Hagan-Woodbridge, of Nimbin, took particular pity on Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin and Richmond Local Area Commander Superintendent Bruce Lyons, parting with her life savings of $3.50 to spring the pair.
While Ms Saffin was not at all impressed with the toilet facilities, she took comfort in the calibre of her cell-mate.
“I feel absolutely safe being in here with the commander. He’s got friends in all the right places and should know how to bust me out if we don’t make bail,” she said.
Lismore PCYC manager Mark Greig said proceeds would go towards club programs and equipment.