Their New Life Men’s and Women’s rehabilitation centres in Toowoomba have seen hundreds of students break free from the cycle of addiction and begin new lives.
But like many not-for profit organisations, Teen Challenge receives no government funding for the services it runs in Toowoomba, relying on corporate and individual donors, and other fund-raising initiatives to keep the work going. This is particularly difficult in the current climate and Teen Challenge has faced its fair share of financial pressure.
However determined to press on for the next generation, Teen Challenge is continuing to explore every opportunity to support the vital work they do. So the success of its recently held fundraiser, The Great Big Garage Sale & Family Fun Day, has not only given the organisation a boost financially but has also demonstrated the amazing support it has from the community.
Teen Challenge was overwhelmed by the support it received from the Toowoomba community. Not only were they inundated with items leading up to the event but items were still flowing in the day of the event. In addition to donations, they received in-kind support from local businesses and free promotions through local media outlets - 92.9 Voice FM and OneChurch news.
Blown away by the support it received from the local community, they saw hundreds of people arrive by the car load - eager to grab a bargain and help the organisation. The event made it possible to not only raise vital funds but also provided an opportunity for staff and volunteers to talk to event goers about Teen Challenge and the work they do.
Teen Challenge is also planning a series of smaller garage sales to sell stock left over from the event.
Visit www.teenchallenge.org.au for details.