CRY FREEDOM: Schapelle Corby, pictured in the holding cells at Denpasar District Court, Bali.
CRY FREEDOM: Schapelle Corby, pictured in the holding cells at Denpasar District Court, Bali.

Brunswick fundraiser to ?free Schapelle

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

A VISIT to a cramped Bali prison has convinced Newrybar woman, Claire Oelrichs, that alleged drug smuggler Schapelle Corby is innocent.

Mrs Oelrichs had heard through the media about the plight of the 27-year-old Gold Coast beauty therapist, who is accused of having smuggled 4.2 kilograms of high-quality marijuana into Bali last October, but it was a visit to Schapelle in her cramped Kerobokan prison cell that cemented Mrs Oelrichs' view that she has been wrongly accused.

Now Mrs Oelrichs is determined to play a part in Schapelle's release, starting tomorrow with a fundraiser at the Brunswick Hotel where the local band, Probably Us, will perform a reworked Sting song ? Song for Schapelle ? and sell a CD recording to raise the funds for Schapelle's freedom campaign.

Mrs Oelrichs visited Schapelle in Bali on return from Burma, where she volunteers to protect endangered orangutans.

"She seemed decent and charming and tragically at a loss, but so polite," Mrs Oelrichs said of her meeting with Schapelle.

"I think she has conducted herself in the most admirable manner.

"I'd be proud to have her as my daughter. I think she's doing it tough for anyone who has gone to Bali.

"It could have been any one of us. She must come home free."

Meanwhile, Qantas says it will stand down more baggage handlers once the company has more information about their involvement in an alleged drug smuggling operation.

Police have so far arrested 15 people in connection with an alleged conspiracy to import millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia.

Probably Us will perform the Song for Schapelle at the Brunswick Hotel on Sunday, starting 6.30pm. For information call Claire on 6687 1107.

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