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Thank you to the Redland City Bulletin for featuring this story about the LIONS Club of Capalaba's support for TRACTION. Thanks to President Jan for leading the charge! Click HERE to see the online version.
Dean Thomas, Guidance Officer at Alexandra Hills State High, approached TRACTION with the idea of enrolling an all girls group in our Bicycle Build program. We've always had a mix of boys and girls in the program, in fact we usually have at least two girls in each group of six participants, but we'd never had a all girls crew. What a fantastic idea!
We matched the girls with a fantastic duo of female mentors Jo and Sara, and Sandra, one of our longest serving mentors, was also a regular during the program with the girls. Simon also played a key role in support of the girls over the 9 week program.
It has been a joy to see the girls progress through the program and they graduated last week, having built some fantastic bikes and new skills.
The girls set about their bike projects eager to learn and embraced the opportunity to share responsibility for team roles such as Team Leader, Parts & Equipment, Safety and Time Keeper. A highlight was when Jan from the Lions Club of Capalaba visited to present a generous donation of new drills for TRACTION. Jayde hosted Jan on a tour of the workshop, introduced her to the participants and mentors and presented her a TRACTION shirt and cap as a vote of thanks.
It's rewarding for the mentor team when TRACTION participants reflect on their experience in the program and provide feedback. The girls shared insights like:
Thanks to Dean for taking the lead to kickstart this initiative, to the mentor team for your wonderful contribution and congratulations to the girls for their fantastic effort and growth.
TRACTION, a community program that aims to empower young people to a better future, has secured the support of local community organisation The Lions Club of Capalaba.
TRACTION has already received five new electric drills from Lions, and further support including the supply of paint, sandpaper and a variety of other tools to assist TRACTION’S Bicycle Build Program.
Janet Bastin, President of The Lions Club of Capalaba, was thrilled to be involved with such a worthy cause.
“I met some of the students who participate in TRACTION and they are all wonderful young people,” Mrs Bastin said.
“You can see first-hand how they are going to benefit from the mentoring they have at TRACTION and the confidence they’ll derive from completing their projects. They’re learning respect for other people, how to work together, respect for property and how to set and achieve goals.
“TRACTION is a great initiative and I am speaking on behalf of everyone at The Lions Club of Capalaba when I say we are absolutely thrilled to be involved.”
Lions Australia is the nation’s largest service club with more than 1200 separate chapters in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The club assists with disaster and emergency relief, medical research and community service.
The Lions Club of Capalaba is Club 700 in Australia and aids local community fundraising for special causes.
Mrs Bastin, alongside volunteers from The Lions Club of Capalaba, will participate in fundraising barbeques and support those involved in the TRACTION program by providing necessary tools and equipment to assist the variety of workshops on offer. This includes the Bicycle Build Program, Small Engines Program, Motorcycles Program and various school holiday programs.
TRACTION Operation Manager Richard Butler is delighted with the support given by The Lions Club of Capalaba.
“We are so appreciative of any donations we receive, particularly when support comes from within the local community,” Mr Butler said.
“TRACTION provides a platform for people and organisations to make a difference for young people in need, and that’s exactly what The Lions Club of Capalaba have done.”
The TRACTION Bicycle Build, Small Engines and Motorcycle Programs provide the chance for young people to restore items donated by the community whilst being encouraged by volunteers who provide support and positive role modelling.
TRACTION is continuously looking to grow and expand its initiatives and program offerings and is always on the hunt for volunteers.
To donate your old bike, make a financial donation, or register your interest as a volunteer, please visit www.traction.community. Donations to sponsor participants in the TRACTION program are $100 per person and help cover the cost of materials used in the program.
Moorooka workshop visit
Capalaba workshop visit
A team of TRACTION mentors helped students from RDSS build a recumbent bike, adapting it from a base bike generously donated by Paul. The build has been the focus for students throughout their time at the TRACTION workshop leading up to the event this year. The Tech Challenge provides opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a variety of human powered vehicles, solar powered machines and innovative robots. There certainly were plenty of high-tech vehicles at the event, but the TRACTION-RDSS entry was ‘low-tech’ and ‘old school’ with students providing the leg power!
The bike featured a lightweight but strong design, cambered front wheels for safe and swift cornering, a roll cage and other safety features to ensure it passed official scrutineering inspections. As with any project time was tight and there were ideas, tweaks and modifications to squeeze extra performance from the bike that remained on the wish list, so naming the beast “Unfinished Business” seemed appropriate. In the end, the bike’s robust and sensible design proved to be an advantage on the track. Aside from rider rotations, only 2 pit stops were required to made adjustments to repair and fine-tune the bike and get it back on track!
7 students from RDSS were supported by Principal Andrew, Lyndell and Glen from school who kept the team fuelled up and rested throughout the race. Travis, Jessy, Owen, Cayden, Kingsley, Jett and Joshua worked wonderfully as a team all weekend. At every rider rotation, the students helped each other get in and out of the bike, perform safety checks and swiftly get the bike back onto the race circuit. A highlight was seeing Travis, who always does a stellar job, hit the track for a solid 1 hour straight, doing 11 laps and 15kms before grabbing a rest at 2am. This amazing group of 6 young men were an inspiration.
The town cryer’s cannon blasted at 12 noon on Saturday signalling the countdown of the 24 hour event. Riders took turns to clock up laps throughout the heat of the day, through a frosty night and until the finish at 12noon on Sunday. Concentration spans were tested, and across the field there were some exciting crashes that kept pit crews on their toes! Some ingenious problem-solving skills helped the teams keep rolling.
The race featured an array of vehicles, many of which featured aerodynamic foils and hybrid electric-human powered engines propelling some down the straight at speeds clocked at 70 km/hr. It was hectic through the chicanes and keeping out of harm’s way of these rockets was a challenge for the RDSS team at times, however the students had a ball, did a fantastic job in the race and all of them displayed excellent behaviour all weekend.
It truly was a fantastic weekend for all involved. For some of the team it was their first time away from home. The pride and delight on their faces when they released what they could achieve left no doubt that RDSS will be back next year!
Message from Principal Andrew