Behind bars: Devonport man Peter Chettle is preparing to go behind bars in Hobart to support the Whitelion Bail Out fundraiser on Friday, May 13. Picture: Cordell Richardson Peter Chettle is going to jail next Friday, and he wants you to help him pay his bail.
No, he hasn’t committed a crime, he is doing it voluntarily for the Whitelion Bail Out event, which will be held in Hobart on Friday, May 13.
Bail Out is a slightly unorthodox fundraising event where attendees will start the day at Bellerive Ovalbefore being taken off to Old Richmond Gaol.
Mr Chettlewill be stripped of possessions, fingerprinted, photographed and subjected to interrogation.
He will also appear before a magistrate in a mock court proceeding before being sentenced to some cell time.
The event is aimed at giving people a taste of what the experience is like for some of the young people that Whitelion work with.
Whitelionsupports ‘at risk’ young people in the community by matching them with a volunteer mentor to spend time with them,to and give them guidance, support, teach them basic living skills and give them a role model to look up to.
Mr Chettle has been a mentor for Whitelion for the past six months and said he had seen the benefits the organisation had for the youth.
It will be his first time being putbehind bars and he is expecting it to be an eye-opening experience.
“I was fortunate that I had a great upbringing and I’ve never been locked up before, but this will give me an understanding of what it’s like,” he said.
“It’s only for a short period of time, it’s supposed to be for reflection and to think about some of the obstacles that these young men are up against.”
As the name of the event suggests, there is a bail process involved. Each ‘inmate’ needs to raise a minimum of $1000 before they can be released.
Fortunately for Mr Chettle, he already has that part covered. He is the president of the Devonport Mersey Lions Club, who have offered to sponsor him for the $1000.
While he has his bail sorted, Mr Chettle said he was open to more people sponsoring him to help raise more money for the organisation.
The Bail Out is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Whitelion and is held across the country. So far, the event has raised more than $262000 nationwide with the aim of reaching 700000.
Whitelion will alsobe holding an information session at 21 Best Street, Devonport in the main boardroom onTuesday, May 31from 6.30pm to7.30pm.
This will give anyone interested the opportunity to learn more about becoming a mentor.For more information,contact Brendan Hingston on 0437 721 222 or [email protected]备案老域名.
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