5 December 2006
Destiny's Abstinence Programme Proving Critics Wrong
150 young people, primarily from South Auckland and of Maori/Pacific Island descent, will formalize their commitment to
Destiny's Absolute Abstinence programme in Mt Wellington this Friday night. The commitment comes off the back of a
comprehensive education programme that educates young people on preferred choices when it comes to sex and drug/alcohol
Since the launch of Destiny's Absolute Abstinence model, over 700 young people have enrolled in the programme
nationwide, with a 78% success rate for those remaining committed to their pledge of abstinence. The pregnancy rate
within the programme presently sits at 1.6%.
"We launched this programme under severe criticism from certain sections of the Health Department who said abstinence
was a failed message. However, my experience is that young people are responding positively to the message of abstinence
as a choice that provides the best outcomes, and certainly one that is deserving of consideration alongside all of the
other messages out there when it comes to sex," says Caine Warren, the programme director.
The event commences at 7.30pm, Friday 8th December at Destiny Church, 18 Allright Place Mt Wellington, and includes a
concert programme involving hip-hop, rap, dance, audiovisuals and popular performing artists, Cydel.