Port Lincoln prisoners raise money for Movember

DONATE: Jessica Cole holds up the donation bucket for the PLP 2018 team and hopes the community can get behind their Movember efforts.
DONATE: Jessica Cole holds up the donation bucket for the PLP 2018 team and hopes the community can get behind their Movember efforts.

Men across Australia are growing moustaches throughout November in support of the Movember cause, among them is a group of committed inmates at Port Lincoln Prison.

More than 40 prison inmates are raising money for the cause as PLP 2018.

Each year men across the country grow out their moustaches to raise money for the Movember Foundation to go towards preventing men from dying prematurely from causes such as prostate and testicular cancers and suicide.

Port Lincoln Prison manager of offender services and case management Jessica Cole said it got started by one prisoner who expressed an interest in taking part.

“He said he just wanted to do something that feels good and was good for the community,” she said.

“Being in here, being a part of the programs they are a part of and the work groups, they want to be more a part of the community.”

Miss Cole said the prisoners were fundraising themselves through their prison accounts but were also contacting family and friends to help as well.

Prison staff were also making donations, with some pledging $1 per prisoner taking part.

Prison general manager Damian Prentis said it was not surprising to see the prisoners wanting to be involved as there had been many examples of prisoners wanting to help the community.

“Prisoners have always gotten behind causes such as bushfire appeals and flood relief,” he said.

“After the 2006 bushfires...the prison played a significant role in refencing properties and carrying out work for the Lower Eyre Peninsula (District) Council.”

Miss Cole said many in the public would not get the chance to see what the prisoners were doing, which added another quality to their cause.

People can donate to PLP 2018 and other local participants by visiting the Movember Foundation website.

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