Teen Challenge QLD is determined to restore hope to the next generation. Our 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 run 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 we do. So the success of our recently held fundraiser, The Great Big Garage Sale & Family Fun Day, has not only given us a boost financially but has also demonstrated the amazing support we have from the community.
Teen Challenge was overwhelmed by the support we received from the Toowoomba community. Not only were we inundated with items leading up to the event but items were still flowing in the day of the event. In addition to donations, we also received in-kind support from local businesses and free promotions through local media outlets – 92.9 Voice FM and OneChurch news.
Local groups such as Rangeville Church (who also provided baked goods), New Hope Church, and Living Grace Community Lutheran Church also provided support with volunteers and equipment use.
Executive Director, Joanne Hobbs, said we were blown away and so grateful for the support we received from the local community.
“People just kept arriving during the day. We had only planned to be open until 1pm but we still had people there at 4pm. It was fantastic,” she said.
“We were just grateful that we had the opportunity to not only raise much needed funds for Teen Challenge but to also meet the people who were making it possible, and to talk to them about our passion to see young lives transformed,” she finished.
Teen Challenge is also planning a series of smaller garage sales to sell stock left over from the event. Details to be released soon.