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Our champion's incredible transformations!

February 26, 2017

 

 

Teen Challenge QLD held its annual Champions Night on Saturday 25 February, which celebrates the incredible transformations of young men and women graduating from both the rehabilitation and homelessness programs.

 

The event honours the perseverance of Teen Challenge QLD graduates who have overcome physical, mental and emotional struggles as a result of substance abuse.

 

Almost 200 people came to watch as eight brave young men and women stood proudly in front of family, friends and loved ones – publicly declaring their freedom from a life of addiction and energised with new hope as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. We also had the priviledge of celebrating current students who received awards of excellence for their personal growth!

 

Graduate Michael Platt says that without the Teen Challenge QLD program, he could have ended up in jail or dead.

 

“I was addicted to methamphetamines as well as OxyContin. It had completely destroyed my life and all the relationships I had. My family began to lose hope in me and to be honest I began to lose hope in myself,” said Mr Platt.

 

“I don’t know where I would be if I wasn’t here, I’m afraid to say I’d probably be either in jail or dead. One of the things I remember being a real breakthrough for me in the program was eventually realising that hope isn’t some kind of made up thing, that hope is real and that we are able to grab a hold of it.

 

“After finishing the program I’ve been able to stay around and instil into other students some of the things I’ve learned along the way.”

 

Teen Challenge QLD Executive Director Joanne Hobbs said the event is a constant reminder of the importance of continuing to fight against the war on drugs.

 

“My own son was addicted to crystal methamphetamine. I know that despair but I also know the overwhelming joy of watching that same life being restored, healed and set free,” said Ms Hobbs.

 

“This event reminds me that we can’t give up this fight for the next generation. We must be determined to face it head on and continue to do all we can to see young people live free from addictions.

 

“Many young people come through our programs as a last ditch attempt at life and it is because of programs like Teen Challenge’s that these young lives are not only saved, but positively changed for the future. Many of our graduates go on to complete further studies and return to volunteer in our centres to help give back to the community.”

 

This year’s Champion’s Awards recipients are:

 

New Hope House (Homelessness Program)

  • Joey Gleeson

  • Ashley Cidorious

 

New Life Men’s Centre (Residential Rehabilitation Program)

  • Paul Beasley

  • Chris Dunn

  • Milton Carballo

  • Dylan Milverton

  • Michael Platt

 

New Life Women’s Centre (Residential Rehabilitation Program)

  • Rebecca Cooper

 

Awards of Excellence

  • Faatoe "Junior" Soe - Improving in Independent Living Skills

  • Johnathon Housego - Independent Living and Spiritual Growth Award

  • Cameron MacLennan - Endurance under Pressure Award

  • Braden Loof - Honesty and Integrity Award

  • Natasha Haagar - Patience and Endurance Award 

 

Community Partners Awards 

  • Toowoomba Indoor Sports Centre - 15 years

  • Centrelink - Evelyn Schuber - 15 years

  • Richard Adams Homes - 10 years

  • Home Ice Cream - 10 years

  • Sigmar's Electrical - 5 years

  • Empower Church - 5 years

 

Volunteers

  • Travis Rex - 5 years

  • Jill Williams - 5 years

  • Andrew Lee - 5 years

 

Staff

  • Michelle Pryce - 5 years

  • Joanne Hobbs - 5 years

 

 

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