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Aussie bosses put behind bars for charity

15 May 2021 at 8:00 am
Luke Michael
A Brisbane mall is being turned into a jail for do-good bosses 

Luke Michael | 15 May 2021 at 8:00 am


Aussie bosses put behind bars for charity
15 May 2021 at 8:00 am

A Brisbane mall is being turned into a jail for do-good bosses 

An Australian charity is calling for Brisbane bosses to be put behind bars, as part of a unique campaign to help families affected by childhood cancer. 

Childhood Cancer Support is transforming Brisbane’s Queen St Mall into a jail for do-good bosses for its Bosses Behind Bars event on 18 June.

The charity is urging bosses to put up their hand to be locked up and encouraging staff to nominate their boss for the event, which will see participants held captive in a public cell and not released until they have raised their “bail money”.

Each boss is committing to raise enough funds to give a young regional family a home away from home for at least two weeks during their child’s cancer treatment. 

One boss taking part is Pink Plant Hire and Haulage director Andrew Ward, who praised Childhood Cancer Support for offering an invaluable and vital service to families dealing with cancer.

“As a father, and grandfather myself, I empathise with these families and appreciate how comforting these services would be. I would love to see these services grow and continue for years to come,” Ward said.

“If locking me up can help make this happen, I’m happy to be involved. I will happily be encouraging my work colleagues, friends and family to help bail me out by donating to this very worthwhile cause.”

Ward said Pink Plant Hire and Haulage started supporting the charity when one of its staff member’s child was diagnosed with brain cancer.

He urged other businesses to throw their support behind the campaign.

“As a company, we witnessed first-hand how the support provided by Childhood Cancer Support positively impacted the family,” he said.

“I would like to encourage any businesses big or small, and bosses to get involved.”

You can find out more about the event here.    

Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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