Let me say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who donated and to everyone who helped promote the event via their blog or through email.
During the morning I chatted to my regular Friday morning guests, Jill Bonanno and Mic Cullen, as well as a number of other guests who were at the prison to help the cause.
I talked to Western Australia’s first female Premier and current Federal Member for Fremantle, Dr. Carmen Lawrence, as well as a local priest, John Meagher, who is a direct descendant of one of the original convicts sent to WA and several other very interesting people.
Two of my guests this morning, Sarah Quinn and Mitch Messer, suffer from Cystic Fibrosis and were able to tell first hand of the punishing routines they face each day to simply stay alive. Sarah is just 22 and has already had a double lung transplant. They were absolutely inspirational.
I also spoke to Peter Tagliaferri, Mayor of Fremantle, whose father and grandfather both spent time inside the prison during World War II because of their Italian heritage.
Bevan Beaver, the Executive Manager of Fremantle Prison, spoke to me about the prison’s history and how it was built with convict labour. It’s hard to believe that the cramped, inhuman cells still held prisoners up until 1991. One of these days I’m going to have to make time to go on one of the prison tours to get a better understanding of the place.
Other interviewees included Alex Poor, Darren Schmidtke, and Luke Walker. It was a busy morning punctuated by all kinds of songs about either freedom or prison.
As for the cause of today’s excersize, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common life threatening, recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children and is the second most common life-shortening, childhood onset inherited disorder in the United States. For such a serious condition it really doesn’t get a lot of attention.
You can read more about Cystic Fibrosis in this post.
While I’ve already managed to break free, it’s not too late to donate. If you’d like to give to a great cause, simply click here then scroll down the page and select Convicts for a Cause Donation. Type ‘Rodney Olsen’ into the text box and select the amount you’d like to donate.
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