Guru to be ‘grilled'
GARDEN Guru Phil Dudman might have an almost captive audience for his ABC radio show but next week the tables will be turned when he is locked up for questioning.
Mr Dudman has volunteered, along with other celebrities in Lismore, to go behind bars in Lismore Square shopping centre to raise funds for Lismore PCYC (Police-Citizens Youth Club) on black Friday, April 13.
Fans of his radio show have realised it will give them the chance to interrogate the sage about their garden problems.
"I put it out on my Facebook page for people to sponsor me," Mr Dudman revealed yesterday.
"One person said: 'This is great. We can come over and ask you our gardening questions while you are locked up'."
He quipped some fans might not want to raise the $500 bail, which would go to the PCYC, so they could keep questioning him.
PCYC Lismore manager Nicole Crook said a fundraising target of $5000 had been set which would require 10 volunteer jailbirds, including Lismore Mayor Cr Jenny Dowell and deputy mayor Cr Isaac Smith to be bailed out of their "cell" in Lismore Square by local donors.
She said the public would be able to donate bail money at the Suncorp branch in Lismore Square, by phoning Lismore PCYC on 02 66 216276 or by going to the Lismore PCYC website.
She said clubs across NSW were holding similar "Time For Kids" jailings of local celebrities through Youth Week next week in an event which also marks the 75th anniversary of the PCYC in NSW. Mr Dudman said he had no hesitation in helping out.
"It's all about keeping kids off the streets and keeping kids focused," he said.
NSW Police Richmond Area Command duty officer Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe said the club offered "positive role models".