Monday, October 20, 2014

Power Tynan has provided a major funding boost for youth support group Teen Challenge Queensland.

The firm has donated $2,500 from its Charitable Trust to help provide long-term residential treatment and rehabilitation services for young people aged from 16 to 29 who are struggling with issues such as addictions, self-harm, eating disorders, depression and homelessness.

The firm has also announced it has opened online donations to the Trust to further expand its capabilities.

"Our staff give generously to our Trust and we want to provide the same opportunity to our clients and the wider public," explained Power Tynan Executive Director Amanda Kenafake. "We have set up a secure system through the Community page of our web site."

Amanda (pictured centre) presented the cheque to Teen Challenge Queensland's manager of program operations, Craig Watson, and resident Daina.

"This wonderful donation will go a long way in our work with young people, particularly in the Darling Downs region," said Mr Watson.

He said that Teen Challenge receives no government funding and relies completely on the community to support troubled youth.

"Every day we receive at least one call from a young person in real need or from a concerned relative," said Mr Watson. "Donations such as this are vital if we are to keep our doors open. We currently provide accommodation and rehabilitation for up to 15 young men and five young women. We could increase that to a total of 34 if we could source enough funding for staff and resources."

According to Daina, the 12-month residential program at Teen Challenge turned her life around.

"I was out of options last year," she said. "I had no idea how to live my life, to take responsibility for anything. I simply could not cope day to day."

Now Daina is working as an intern at the Teen Challenge centre in Toowoomba and is planning to study social work at university.

The Power Tynan Charitable Trust, opened in 2010, has donated more than $100,000 to a variety of charities across the Darling Downs, Granite Belt and wider community. Recipients include the Toowoomba Hospice, Lifeline, the Cancer Council, RACQ CareFlight, the Rural Fire Brigade and many more not-for-profit organisations.

Donations can be made online by going to the Charitable Trust page of this site. All major cards are accepted. Or call us on 07 4688 8400.

If you are in personal crisis and need the help of Teen Challenge Queensland, call 4637 0211 or go to the web site http://teenchallengeqld.org.au.