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March 2014 News

True champions honoured for overcoming their addictions

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Seven young men and women receive their graduation from the Teen Challenge program of the annual Champion Night Photo: Provided

For over 42 years, Teen Challenge Queensland has given young people who struggle with addiction and other life-controlling problems a second chance at life.

Teen Challenge offer two main programs – a twelve month live-in rehabilitation program for males and females in Toowoomba, and a three month program run through their crisis accommodation facility in Brisbane.

“These programs aim to eliminate self destructive habits by meeting the needs of the whole person – not only dealing with the addiction, but also rebuilding their self-image, work ethic, spiritual awareness and relationships,” said Sarah Bell from Teen Challenge.

Last month, Teen Challenge held their annual Champions Night, a special evening dedicated to celebrating the success stories of graduating students.

“We were privileged to honour seven young men and one young lady as they graduated from the Teen Challenge program, as well as six young men and women from our centres who also received awards for excellence and achievement in different areas,” said Sarah.

“We were honoured to have Deputy Mayor Councillor Mike Williams presenting our graduates with their certificates.”

During the inspiring evening, testimonies were given from two graduates, Josh and Hannah, who shared their journey from addiction to recovery.

“My Jesus put this organisation and these people in my life so that I could get my life back,” said Hannah. “I believe that I have faced trials so that I can understand others better, and so that I can understand that even when you can’t feel it or you can’t see it, life does get better – you just have to dare to hope.”

Over 140 people attended the Champions Night to show their support to the Teen Challenge graduates, and to share in the celebrations of the brave young men and women who have overcome their addictions.

“We’d like to make special mention of Margaret and her team from Rangeville Community Church, who volunteered their time on the night serving the dessert,” said Sarah.

“We would like to thank every person who helped to make the night so memorable for our graduating students, and we are so excited to see where God takes them in the next stage of their journey.”

If you would like to partner with Teen Challenge in any way, please contact Sarah on (07) 3422 1500 or visit www.teenchallengeqld.org.au.

“Together we can restore hope and help these young people rebuild their lives,” said Sarah.

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