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Our Campaign Storyends 02 Mar 2018, 11:59 PM
Christopher was a cheery and fun-loving boy in his teens. However, his personality repelled almost all of his teachers except Ms Rachel Abraham, whom he dearly remembers as the Discipline Mistress who faithfully persisted, believed in him and exuded patience to him throughout his secondary school years.
Christopher grew up in a broken family. Despite his guardians' best efforts to parent him, Christopher chose the wayward life starting at the age of 11. He was first convicted of selling pirated CDs at the age of 17. Instead of reflecting on his mistakes, he picked up more vices from other inmates whom he interacted with, including consumption of drugs.
Upon his release, the cycle of drug abuse begun. To ensure he has consistent supply of drugs, he became a 'pusher' by selling drugs to others. In less than a year, he was sent back into prison for drug consumption, drug possession and possession of weapon. This cycle repeated persistently. By the time Christopher 'woke up', he was already 27 years old.
Now, Christopher is a transformed agent and a staff of The New Charis Mission's Community Services Department; reaching out to the elderly, youths-at-risk and inmates. Christopher recounts that whilst serving the community, he will always remember the faithfulness of his Discipline Mistress, being persistent and patient. He once received the gift of persistency, faith and patience. Now, he can give that gift because #ToGiveIsFulfilling.
In conjunction with the Festive Seasons, The New Charis Mission (TNCM) will be having a series of fundraising campaigns to generate funds to support our programme outreaches & beneficiaries. It also serves as an opportunity to remind us about giving back to our community, reaching out to the dark alleys to help those who are trapped and are unable to break free on their own.
From everyone at TNCM, we believe in hope and advocate change. Even more so, we aim to change lives and habits for the better, to contribute to a better society. It goes as simply as this: 'help a stranger, make a friend; help a friend, build a family; help a family, leave a legacy'. Lives do impacts lives, and we know that YOU can be that change maker.
TNCM aims to raise $50,000 from this series of campaign to support and help over 13,000 beneficiaries, ranging from elderly to youths-at-risk, many of which are served through existing programmes and services such as preventive programmes, befriending sessions, psycho-education and many others.
Join us as we take one step closer towards creating an impact and the ripple effect that follows after it. Your support will make a positive impact in their lives and others. To register interest in our organisation, head over to www.thenewcharismission.org.sg. Alternatively, you can also offer your support by making an online donation right here, right now.
YOU can be a part of HOPE & CHANGE!
Donate and join us to reach the disadvantaged and the marginalised in our society to bring them new hope and opportunities. We enable and equip them through our targetted programmes, tools and refuge.
HALFWAY HOUSE: Our rehabilitation programme provides restoration for newly released ex-offenders and walk-in individuals who are seeking to change their lives. Here, they learn how to rebuild their lives and families, and then contribute back to society.
YOUTH: Our transformed ex-offenders move upstream from aftercare to preventive work with structured mentoring programmes to reach our next generation in schools.
PRISON: We seek to bring tangible hope and encouragement to those still in prison. Our counselling programme enables them to lead lives liberated from gangs and drugs and survive beyond bars.
ELDERLY: Our objective is to bring joy, comfort and meaning to the lives of our aged poor. Our regular visits, provisions, haircuts, home cleaning and refurbishments have touched many lives. Our team have moved beyond the weekly visitations to transforming the homes of these elderly, giving them a better living condition.