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Our Campaign Storyends 02 Mar 2018, 11:59 PM
Joshua grew up in a loving family with 3 other siblings. Despite being the middle child, he did not feel there is any favouritism amongst them. However, he did not reciprocate the love showered upon him, but turned to gangsterism, gambling and drugs. At the tender age of 8, he started smoking with his peers, and soon he was fully involved with the other vices.
Joshua started to dabble in gambling. To feed his gambling addiction, he resorted to peddling drugs and also consume them. In 1998, he was arrested for theft and was sentenced to a 18 months' probation. This spiraled to multiple convictions and jail terms, time and time again, totaling to 18 years, 6 months and 13 strokes.
But throughout his stints in prison, his parents never gave up on him. Instead, they consistently gave to him by showering him with love and forgiveness.
In his last imprisonment, he was determined that he will not go back to the vices. He enrolled himself to the Halfway House Programme in The New Charis Mission for 9 months. 9 months later he was changed.
Joshua is now an active volunteer at TNCM, reaching out to the elderly, youths-at-risk and helping others in similar situation as he was. Besides all these, he is now able to give back to his parents by reciprocating the love he received, and even to others.
Everyone has a story to share, sometimes all we need is the patience, love, acceptance and even forgiveness to hear them.
Share the story and give, 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.
About The Charity
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.