Nexus helps out neigh­bour

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NEXUS In­fra­struc­ture chair­man of the board John Wither­iff vis­ited one of the Toowoomba Sec­ond Range Cross­ing’s most valu­able neigh­bours, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion Teen Chal­lenge.

Teen Chal­lenge Queens­land has been play­ing a valu­able role in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Toowoomba since 2001, and Mr Wither­iff was given a tour of the fa­cil­ity by its op­er­a­tions man­ager Craig Wat­son.

Mr Wat­son ex­plained what the pro­gram of­fered to peo­ple in Toowoomba look­ing to re­cover from an ad­dic­tion.

“The pro­gram aims to give young peo­ple a home, while help­ing them to not only deal with their sub­stance ad­dic­tion, but look­ing at the root causes for these ad­dic­tions and help­ing them to work through their is­sues,” Mr Wat­son said.

“We aim to help them build per­sonal cop­ing strate­gies, in­crease their self-es­teem, and help to build life skills that will ul­ti­mately help them rein­te­grate into so­ci­ety.”

As part of cur­rent ren­o­va­tions hap­pen­ing at the fa­cil­ity, Teen Chal­lenge will be able to take in more vul­ner­a­ble young men and women, and help them get back on their feet through

its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram, thanks to the pro­vi­sion of 34 new mat­tresses as part of the Nexus To­gether spon­sor­ship pro­gram.

Mr Wither­iff said it was

great to see the TSRC project be­ing able to help their neigh­bours and the long-term value it would bring to the Toowoomba com­mu­nity.

“Or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Teen Chal­lenge are so im­por­tant for com­mu­ni­ties and from vis­it­ing their fa­cil­ity I can see the Nexus To­gether fund­ing they

re­ceived will go a long way to en­abling fu­ture sup­port for those in need,” Mr Wither­iff said.

The next fund­ing round will be awarded early next

year. For more in­for­ma­tion on how your or­gan­i­sa­tion can ap­ply for Nexus To­gether fund­ing, go to and fill out the on­line form.


SITE TOUR: Nexus In­fra­struc­ture chair­man John Wither­iff (left) and com­mu­ni­ca­tions and stake­holder di­rec­tor Sarah De­lahunty (cen­tre) are given a tour of the Teen Chal­lenge fa­cil­ity by op­er­a­tions man­ager Craig Wat­son.

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