Doing time to stop youth crime

Buck Little and Ron Petterson are two local leaders who will be doing 'time' in make-shift jail cells at Centro shopping centre to help raise funds and awareness for the Whitsunday PCYC.
Buck Little and Ron Petterson are two local leaders who will be doing 'time' in make-shift jail cells at Centro shopping centre to help raise funds and awareness for the Whitsunday PCYC.

WHITSUNDAY business leaders are calling for donations to help raise funds and awareness for the Whitsunday PCYC during this year's Youth Week.

George Wade, Paul Skinner, Marino Roberto, Buck Little, Ron Petterson, Mike Muller and John Crossley are just a few local identities who will be doing 'time' to keep kids out of crime.

During Youth Week (April 13-22), community and business leaders will be locked up at Centro Whitsunday shopping centre on Saturday, April 13 in make-shift jail cells with each detainee needing to raise bail of at least $500 to be released.

Buck Little from Buck's Seafood in Cannonvale is stepping up to the challenge by offering to be locked up on his birthday.

"I am expecting everyone to pay to keep me in on my birthday because they think it will be funny," he said. He said he would rather be celebrating but everyone had to do their bit to help the PCYC.

The Whitsunday PCYC will be one of 53 PCYCs involved in Time 4 Kids across Queensland and all donations raised will be used for youth crime prevention programs and urgently needed equipment for centres.

Whitsunday PCYC branch manager Sergeant John Dickinson said the Whitsundays had some very generous community leaders willing to take the lead, do some time and help raise funds for youth development programs.

"Time 4 Kids is a great chance for the community to help fund the life-changing programs we run to keep kids out of crime," he said. "The funds raised will also support our club."

The Whitsunday PCYC relies on the support of businesses and the community to raise the funds necessary to support its development and crime prevention programs for youth at risk.

Mr Dickinson is asking locals to dig deep into their pockets to help the Whitsunday region to reach its goal of raising $20,000 plus for this year's efforts.

For more information about the event, phone John Dickinson on 0400 481 149 or

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