Blacktown PCYC reaps rewards from Holden Monaro sale

Cheque hand-over: PCYC Blacktown members were all smiles for the cameras after Wednesday’s cheque hand-over. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Cheque hand-over: PCYC Blacktown members were all smiles for the cameras after Wednesday’s cheque hand-over. Picture: Gene Ramirez

HALF the profits from the sale of a classic Holden Monaro — restored by prisoners at Junee Correctional Centre — have been gifted to PCYC Blacktown.

GEO Group Australia’s managing director Pieter Bezuidenhout and Parklea Correctional Centre general manager Peter Ma’a handed PCYC Blacktown manager Joanne Tau a cheque for $17,000 from the sale on Wednesday.

Blacktown PCYC will put the money towards school retention, cultural awareness and activity programs.

Wagga Wagga PCYC also netted $17,000.

The Police Citizens Youth Club — PCYC for short — was established in 1937 by Police Commissioner William John Mackay, in partnership with the community via Rotary.

Today there are 60 clubs in NSW, offering crime prevention and youth development programs, as well as sport and recreation opportunities.

‘‘The role of PCYCs is to create a safe environment for children and young people, to come and participate in a range of activities that are supervised by police and appropriate role models and coaches,’’ PCYC NSW chief executive Darren Black said.

‘‘I think they’re just as relevant, maybe more relevant, as when they started.

‘‘The issues of concern these days are around health and wellness. We have high — and growing — rates of [being] overweight and obesity.

‘‘We work on getting kids off the coach and doing active stuff.

‘‘We know that also has mental health benefits, and that healthy and active kids are less likely to get in trouble with the law.’’

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