Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell is locked up in Lismore Square as part of the PCYC fund raiser.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell is locked up in Lismore Square as part of the PCYC fund raiser. Jay Cronan

Dignitary lock-up

LISMORE and Byron's mayors will be spending some time behind bars.

PCYC organisations across the country are hosting a Time 4 Kids fundraiser which feature prominent local figures being locked up in make- shift jails and begging for "bail".

All donations go towards the PCYC and their efforts to educate local youth, keeping them healthy, safe and on the right side of the law.

Lismore's fundraiser will commence at 10.30am today at Lismore Square, while Byron's "lock-up" will be held the following day at 11am in Apex Park, Byron Bay.

Lismore's Mayor Jenny Dowell will be doing time from 12.30pm-1pm, hoping to raise $500 for her release.

"I have a very flattering horizontally-striped outfit and a tin cup to rattle along the bars," said Cr Dowell.

This will be Cr Dowell's third year as a Time 4 Kids prisoner, and she will be joined by Cr Gianpiero Battista, City of Lismore Lion's Club president Rod Johnston, reporter Richard Forbes and a police officer who is yet to be "captured".

Byron's line-up includes Mayor Simon Richardson, former Women's Surfing World Champ Pauline Menzcer, Byron United president Paul Waters and MasterChef Professional Series winner Rhys Badcock.

Byron PCYC is aiming to raise at least $3000, while Lismore hopes for at least $5000.

Cr Dowell encourages community members to come along and enjoy the event.

"People make jokes about how much it costs to keep you there," Cr Dowell said.

"Please don't throw any rotten fruit, but if you want to pass through a cake with a file inside, that's fine."

Donations can be made online at everydayhero.com.au or at your local club.



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