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March 2014 News

True love on Valentine’s Day

  • Written by  Elissa Dowling
L-R: Chantelle Clout, Brooke Daton and Mackayla Hull from the Gap Photo: The Gap

Everyone loves a Valentine’s Day surprise – especially if you’ve received very little love before.

This year Voice FM partnered with Highfields Florist, the Gap and Teen Challenge for a special Valentines event aimed at valuing young women for whom love is a foreign concept. 

Both the Gap and Teen Challenge minister to the hurts of girls who have come from highly abusive backgrounds.  

Many of these girls have never experienced love or kindness and have been deeply wounded – particularly by men.

These young women were invited to visit the Voice FM studio on Valentine’s Day. 

Dressed in their best, they had no idea what was waiting for them - long-stem roses and a note of encouragement, affirming to each of the girls that they were special.

“It really touched my heart,” Brooke from the Gap said. “I’ve never had a Valentine’s Day like that before. It was amazing.”

For 20-year-old Chantelle, it was “overwhelming in a good way.”

“It showed that Valentine’s Day is not just about partners but about everyone in the community.”

Gap coordinator Dannah Shelling said these types of experiences give young women an opportunity to see their worth and value.

“At the Gap we aim to love, support and share God’s unconditional love with our young women,” she said. 

“Having 92.9 and Highfields Florist do this was a huge blessing to the Gap in appreciation of what we are aiming to do with these valuable young lives.”

Both the Gap and Teen Challenge rely on community involvement in running their programs – whether as volunteers, mentors, grandparents and community support networks. 

“We are always in need of people within the community who have a heart to see these young women’s lives valued and blessed for their futures,” Dannah said. 

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