Teen with a mis­sion holds fundrais­ing sale

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Af­ter a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Mata­mata Bap­tist Church, Casey Hen­nessy, 19, is on a mis­sion.

She is try­ing to raise $6000 be­fore Jan­uary 15 in the hope to go to Ywam (youth with a mis­sion) in Townsville Aus­tralia and com­plete a dis­ci­ple­ship train­ing course.

‘‘I’m go­ing to Aus­tralia to do a bit a trav­el­ling but also to change my life around and learn more about my new­found faith,’’ she said.

But none of it is pos­si­ble with­out the funds so she has started out on a fundrais­ing cru­sade and is host­ing a large garage sale this Satur­day at 39 Tower Rd.

‘‘Peo­ple have been so sup­port­ive of me and help­ing me out by do­nat­ing things for the sale – it has been in­cred­i­ble and I want to thank them,’’ she said.

Last week­end, with the help of many from the Bap­tist Church, she put on a fundrais­ing din­ner for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and she has been work­ing to build up her bank bal­ance.

‘‘I had al­ways planned to go to Aus­tralia next year, then all this hap­pened – I went to church and have turned my life around – and I found out the course started ex­actly when I wanted to go. Every­thing has just fallen into place so I know I am meant to go,’’ she said. ‘‘I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it and what I am go­ing to get out of it. I want the old bar­ri­ers bro­ken down and to have a new start in life.’’

On a mis­sion: Casey Hen­nessy, right, with Joy Diprose, who is help­ing her with her fundrais­ing ef­forts.

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