Andrew was born in Sydney, Australia in 1984. He has two sisters and a brother. His parents, Ken and Helen, worked long hours all their adult lives running a Chinese restaurant.
Andrew is known to friends and family for his sense of humour, especially his love of practical jokes, and has a passion for sports, particularly rugby league and tennis.
Andrew attended Homebush Boys High School and Belmore Boys High before leaving school in year 10. He later found work at a catering company.
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In April 2005, Andrew Chan was arrested in Bali for attempting to traffic heroin to Australia. Andrew was tried and convicted in the Denpasar District Court and in 2006 was sentenced to death by firing squad. Since his trial, Andrew Chan has undergone extensive rehabilitation and many of us who know him, believe he is indeed genuine.
I apologise to the Indonesian people, I also apologise to my family and I realise that my actions have brought shame and suffering to my whole family. If I am pardoned...I hope that one day I will be able to have my own family and work as a pastor so I can give guidance to young people. I can still contribute a great deal during my life' - Andrew Chan.
About Andrew Chan
I graduated in year 10 of my high school. I liked playing Union football at school, enjoyed tennis, reading, rap, R&B, anything really, including novels by author Wilbur Smith and John Grisham. I also like cricket and rugby league.
I come from a small family and when I was young, I wanted to be an ombudsman. My hero has always been my Dad. I believe in God. I am 100% Christian. I think my life has turned into this direction for my ways. I feel remorseful but now I must face this journey. I am studying theology at the moment to improve myself. What I have learned from this experience in jail is that I want to be a better person. In order to do this, I'm studying. I'm also playing sport in the prison to keep busy.
If I have a message for young people heading down this road then I would say, study and be good. Do not go down this road. If I had my time again, I would like to go out and witness for God and be a preacher or something. In here, I attend church services all the time. I feel the Lord's presence anywhere I go and he gives me the courage.
I am very sad and disappointed when I think of my family. The thing I miss the most is not being with my family. I'm lucky because I have many postcards and photographs of my family and friends. But it is not the same as being with them.
I don't know what is going to happen next. I can only trust in God.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has thought about me and what I am going through. Please continue to pray for me. Thank you also to the Foreign Prisoners Support Service for your ongoing assistance and this campaign page.
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