Local leaders taste bars and stripes

IT WAS a sight you don’t see every day – Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis behind bars, in jail.

But it was all for a good cause.

The federal MP joined Shoalhaven business leaders, service group representatives and members of the defence force, spending time behind bars raising money for the Shoalhaven Police and Citizens Youth Club.

It was all part of the statewide PCYC fund-raising event, Time4Kids.

A special jail was constructed in the car park of Stockland Nowra, with nine locals doing some time to raise money for the local club.

Last year the event raised $5000, with the 2014 efforts already having topped that, with more than $6000 pledged.

Shoalhaven PCYC manager Andrew Flint, who also did some time in the clink, said the aim was to raise around $18,000.

“It is ambitious but it is all for a good cause and Shoalhaven residents have been generous with their donations, which will allow us to stage numerous courses in conjunction with police,” he said.

The fund-raising campaign originated in NSW and has proven so popular, events are now held nationwide.

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