Together, they have launched a new video calling for mercy for condemned Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Australian teenager Amy Marks, who spends part of the year in Bali, had never met the Bali Nine pair until recently.
But the 18-year-old was so moved by their plight that she and others gathered the group of ex inmates from Kerobokan prison, whose lives have been transformed by the two men, and other young people to make a video plea for mercy.
Titled Youth Against the Death Penalty, the three minute video is largely in Indonesian and subtitled, and features prisoners calling for mercy.
Watch the video message below.
It begs President Joko Widodo to listen to the voices of the future leaders of Indonesia and to grant mercy.
The video is targeted at the Indonesian audience in a bid to garner support for the anti-death penalty arguments which are now gaining voice in Jakarta as the Government pushes ahead with plans to execute 10 drug traffickers imminently.
But even as his own confidantes and former Government ministers call for a rethink on the harsh stance, President Widodo himself was reiterating his argument that this is a matter of Indonesian sovereignty and an answer to a drug emergency.
The video starts: “We are the youth of Indonesia and the world and we have something to say to President Jokowi.”
It includes video of the art workshop and prisoners painting and Chan holding a prayer session in the jail.
Former inmates invite the President to come to Kerobokan prison and see the rehabilitation programs for himself.
“I believe that Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan need to get forgiveness because the two of them have done a great job helping with rehabilitation in Kerobokan Prison,” one former inmate says.
“Chan and Sukumaran do more for reducing drug use everyday than can be achieved by killing them. President Jokowi, let them continue their rehabilitation programs.”
It ends with the former prisoners calling for “mercy please” and points out that as of July last year the number of Indonesians under 25 was 43 per cent “and there are more of us everyday”.
“President Jokowi, please listen to the future leaders, voters of Indonesia and the world. Please don’t wait five years (the election) to hear us … President Jokowi, please come to Kerobokan prison, Bali to see the future being pioneered by Chan and Sukumaran. A future full of hope, mercy and second chances. The death penalty is not the answer, you must give people hope.”
Ms Marks’ first meeting with Chan and Sukumaran was only recently, after she conceived the idea to make the video to give a voice to people her own age and to get the message to Indonesia’s youth.
Prior to that she had written them a moving letter, telling of her disability — she has suffered from cerebral palsy since she was a baby — and of how their achievements in jail had taught her a valuable lesson — not to accept stereotypes.
She told the two men that she would carry this lesson and their achievements with her for the rest of her life.
“I have had to learn to walk again three times in my life so I know what it takes to reinvent yourself when you feel like you are stuck,” Ms Marks said.
Within hours of conceiving the idea for the video Ms Marks and her mother, Anne Maree had set up a meeting and the ex prisoners were on board.
Ms Marks’ mother and others also set up a Facebook page, Mothers for Mercy, and recently delivered hundreds of bunches of flowers and letters of support to Chan and Sukumaran and the prisoner governor and guards.