EVER wondered what being behind bars feels like? Here's your chance. Westfield Mount Druitt centre court will be transformed into a makeshift prison next Thursday, April 10, 9am to 6pm, as part of the Time4Kids fund-raiser for Mount Druitt PCYC.
Proceeds go to crime prevention, equipment and taking an indigenous rugby league team to the under-16s Nations of Origin tournament in Dubbo in June.
Detainees will be locked in a mock cell for 30 minutes and must raise bail to be released. League legend Mark Geyer, his fellow Triple M Grill Team host Gus Worland and dual NRL premiership player Joe Galuvao are among the prisoners.
Mr Geyer hopes it will be more pleasant than the last time he was behind bars. "I was in a jail cell for real once and it wasn't nice," he said. "It was when in my younger days when I was involved in a nightclub skirmish. We were put into a paddy wagon and into a jail cell for the night to teach us a lesson. It did. We didn't do it again."
Raised in Whalan, Geyer has always supported the PCYC. "I went to PCYC Blacktown, a great avenue for me when I was growing up, so it's a cause that's close to my heart. Kids say there's nothing for them to do but the PCYC does unbelievable things."
The goal is to raise $15,000 on the day with more than $1500 already in the kitty.
‘‘A lot of people don’t know about the good work the PCYC does,’’ said the event coordinator, Scott Lewis.
‘‘People have the wrong perception that the PCYC is where the bad kids go after school. It’s a place where young people can go to feel safe and get active.’’
Mr Lewis is looking for more businesses to get on board.
Triple M’s Rock Patrol will be there on the day, as will Penrith Panthers NRL players, Elvis impersonators, Constable Charlie the Penguin and facepainters.
Details, donations, volunteers: time4kids.org.au (search for MtDruittClub).