Just two years ago, Cloe had left her previous school vowing to never return.
She was robbed of her self-esteem by bullying that escalated to alarming levels.
She had no hope for the future.
For children throughout Queensland, your support will bring the stability of knowing that their chaplain will be there to support and care for them in 2016 and beyond.
“[The bullying] affected me a lot. It made me feel like I wasn’t good enough and it had a huge impact on my life. It’s scarred me. It still affects me to this day.”
It wasn’t until Cloe joined Deception Bay State High School’s FUTURES program for at-risk students, which is supported everyday by SU QLD Chaplains, that she began to regain the self-worth that was stolen from her. She is now able to pursue a future that was previously unattainable.
“I had no idea that I would be capable of doing a certificate or diploma,” said Cloe, who previously hadn’t even considered graduating high school, let alone going on to further study.
“Now I know that I can finish my current certificates and be a personal trainer.”
Chaplaincy makes this transition possible. But to ensure young people continue to have access to this vital lifeline, children like Cloe need your support.
“Having a chaplain to speak to got me through my time here. Every time I’m going through something, I know that there’s someone I can speak to and that I’m not alone. So whatever I’m struggling with, I know my chaplain is there to help when I need it.”
Cloe’s journey from victim to victor is the result of a combination of her sensible decisions and her chaplain’s support. Without the chaplain to support her and reignite her self-worth, Cloe may not have started on the path to a positive, flourishing life.
For chaplaincy to continue as it currently does in Queensland schools, we need your help to raise $205,000 by the 31st of December.
These funds will:
- Train and support 300 chaplains in the new A2B At-Risk program.
- Enable us to expand our footprint and provide support for more at-risk young people.
- Equip chaplains throughout Queensland with the resources and necessary support network to develop tailored programs to meet local needs.
These tasks are crucial to ensuring chaplaincy continues and remains an effective tool in combatting the stresses and pressures children and young people face today.
We need to raise $205,000 before the end of the year to achieve these outcomes and manage the necessary administration costs.
For these children throughout Queensland, your gift will be the reason they have the stability of knowing that their chaplain will be there to support and care for them, regardless of what happens in their lives next year.
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