Business Leaders Behind Bars

Nine Geelong leaders did some hard time inside the Old Geelong Gaol this month after being subpoenaed as part of Karingal BacLinks Foundation’s initiative ‘Doing Time 4 Community’.

It was a fun way for some front running Geelong businesses to show their support for the local community by assisting in the development of Karingal BacLinks Foundation’s membership base.

Prisoners were shackled, stripped of all their possessions, outfitted in regulation prison garb, finger printed, and then thrown into a grim cell by the, some said, overzealous guards.

Early release was conditional on them securing at least one new business member to join the growing number of local businesses already committed to supporting the community through membership with the Karingal BacLinks Foundation.

“It was not a comfortable time for them,” Karingal BacLinks Foundation Manager, Jo Forssman, said. “If they hadn’t met the parole conditions they would have been in for a long, cold night.

“Their sacrifice was, however, necessary to assist us to continue our important work through the projects and events we initiate in support of our community.”

The Karingal BacLinks Foundation would like to thank all the brave inmates for their support and good humour: Mike ’Rob Roy’ McKinstry, Karingal St Laurence; Phil “Hotel Harry’ O’Brien, Mercure Geelong, Amy ‘Shady Lady’ Gillett, GMHBA; Craig ‘Muscles’ Earl, Hewstone IT; Jon ‘The Don’ Standen, VicSuper; Katie ‘Kitty Kat’ Bourke, Target Australia; Michael ‘Fast Mikey’ Wood, Timetabling Solutions; Stephanie ‘Rusty Blade’ Beard, Harwood Andrews Lawyers and Wayne ‘The Snake’ Waterhouse, Adroit Insurance Group.

We would also to like to thank our ‘Governor’, Brandon Howard, Karingal St Laurence; and ‘Prison Officers’ Stan Corner, Business Technology Specialists; Jon Mamonski, GPAC and Andrew Mensch, Karingal St Laurence.

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