Students from the Hemmant Flexi Learning Centre are establishing a social enterprise and will soon be serving coffee in their community. The team includes a Build Team, a Barista/Hospitality Team and a Branding/Marketing Team.
TRACTION is delighted to be a part of the project and our mentors are helping the Build Team construct the mobile coffee cart which is based on a tricycle frame and affectionately known as “Betsy”.
Here’s an update from the team …
Hello loyal followers of Betsy,
It has been almost a month since we have written to update progress with the beautiful Betsy. We have been busy at “Chateau Du Twenty Seven” (aka Shed 27) helping to accentuate Betsy’s features in the hope to win Australia’s next top Coffee Cart. We are proud to say that most of the structural work has been completed and Betsy is impressed with the amount of ‘junk’ she can fit in her trunk! In the past month we have reshaped Betsy, giving her a timeless hourglass figure. Betsy is still getting used to her new shape and like any major surgery there is still a way to go.
In other news Naideen (our Coffee Machine) has also been accepted into “Chateau Du Twenty Seven” to work closely with Betsy in her final stages. Naideen is a spunky vintage girl with a lot of spark. We feel she will be a great partner for Betsy and give her the edge to take the championship at Australia’s next top coffee cart contest.
The Hemmant Flexi Coffee Cart Build Team
Ron Pynakker is a passionate motorcyclist, lover of old school machines and an avid member of the Brisbane Cafe Racers group. He recently contacted TRACTION to donate a Honda 125cc “Scrambler” and to enquire about whether participants of the program would be interested in helping him with his latest project - another Honda 125cc bike destined to become his next “Cafe Racer”. James and Jaida from Hemmant Flexi Learning Centre, participants of the TRACTION “Motorcycles” program at the Moorooka workshop jumped at the chance!
James and Jaida will work on the Cafe Racer project first, with Ron as the customer, learning mechanical skills and vital commercial realities.
Next year, students will turn their attention to the black “Scrambler” that Ron has donated to the program. The bike has its own story, having run the gauntlet at the unique “Dust Hustle” flat track event, and is now set for its next chapter, helping young people in need.
Thanks Ron for your support!
More than $30,000 was raised for community program, TRACTION, at its annual "Canapés in the Shed" fundraiser last week.
Upwards of 150 guests attended the event, which was held at Shed 27 in Capalaba and emceed by television personality, Sofie Formica.
Money raised will be fed back into the program, which supported 135 students from seven schools across Brisbane last year.
TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch said the outstanding fundraising effort would allow the organisation to expand its reach with the opening of new workshops.
“Donors displayed extreme generosity towards the program through the more than $30,000 raised,” he said.
“All guests demonstrated a real desire to help the students, almost doubling last year’s fundraising result of $18,000.00.
“Our goal is to provide 288 places through the TRACTION program next year at our 3 workshops located in Capalaba, Moorooka and West End. We’ll also be kicking off some exciting affiliate partnerships that will see the TRACTION program introduced to new communities and even more young people in need participating.”
The TRACTION program enables participants to restore, repurpose or customise bicycles, small engines and motorbikes while developing lifelong skills, experience and confidence.
Mr Murdoch said students were reporting multi-faceted benefits from participating in the TRACTION program.
“The schools we serve are delighted that attendance rates and results are continuing to improve,” he said.
“The young people who are participating in the program are showing pride in what they have learnt, this is a real indication of focus, respect and teamwork. Some are securing work experience opportunities and entering into apprenticeships that provide future career pathways.”
“I personally obtain the most satisfaction from the smiles on kids’ faces when they achieve in new ways, learn new skills and are partaking in something they love.”
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BRISBANE State High School students are the first to participate in community bike building program, TRACTION, at its new West End workshop.
The West End workshop is the third TRACTION facility to open in Brisbane, with others in Capalaba and Moorooka.
The workshop provides a safe environment where high school students can learn new skills and put them to action in tangible and meaningful learning activities under the guidance and support of mentors.
Councillor for The Gabba Ward, Jonathon Sri said he was excited to see the impact TRACTION would have on the local community and young people involved.
“TRACTION is a unique opportunity for young people to find their path in life and grow as individuals in a non-traditional learning environment,” he said.
“I really hope West End residents proactively approach TRACTION and see it as an opportunity to contribute positively to the growth of the community.”
Cr Sri said TRACTION would educate young people about the value of repurposing and the issue of over consumption.
“There aren’t a lot of opportunities for young people to engage in programs that will teach them real life skills,” he said.
“TRACTION will teach the next generation to be waste conscious and repair, recycle and reuse in a supportive and encouraging environment.”
TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch said he was thrilled to be growing the program, which started in 2015.
“It’s wonderful to see how eager people are to support this program – from schools, to local business, to our own mentors,” he said.
“What’s most gratifying is the satisfaction young people get from being involved.”
The new workshop would not be possible without the support of local business Pensar Contruction Group, which has provided a rent-free space within its facility and access to its staff.
Karl Yunker, CEO of Pensar said he was excited to see the program expand and looked forward to seeing the positive change in young people.
“I believe TRACTION fosters self-confidence and a sense of hope for young people,” he said.
“They are connected through a common interest and have the guidance of respected mentors.
“I have witnessed firsthand the immediate and positive impact TRACTION has had on the young people involved.
“Engaging students with our staff is a powerful way to demonstrate to young people what their futures could look like.”
TRACTION provides engaging programs that support young people and their development of practical skills, communication and broader life skills.
The Bicycle Build program is an alternative way to learning that allows young people find their purpose and become active and positive contributors to their communities.
TRACTION participants got more than they bargained for on their first day at the new TRACTION West End workshop today.
Students from Brisbane State High School were excited to meet former State High student and professional boxer Tyrone (“Cyclone”) Tonga who shared his life story with them. Cyclone shared his learnings so far and covered his school life, rugby and professional boxing career and his role as lead trainer and business owner of Cyclone Boxing.
"It has been my experience, and I believe it’s true for anyone, that if you put in preparation, determination, resilience and have an insatiable desire for learning, you can achieve anything you want in life,” said Cyclone.
Cyclone also lead the students in warm up and stretching exercises to get the blood pumping for the day.
Coach Cyclone runs personal training and boxing classes right next door to the TRACTION West End workshop. For more information, visit http://cyclonehq.com.
BRISBANE-based community bike building program TRACTION has been the beneficiary of a more than $10,000 donation as part of 99 Bikes’ “Earning to Give” program.
The program involves each staff member from 99 Bikes donating one per cent of their wage to a charity of their choice.
Traction has received $10,912 in donations which led to the purchase of 84 new bicycles.
Twelve of the 84 bikes are being used as teaching aids and the remainder are being repurposed under the TRACTION program and will go back into the community.
TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch said the organisation was selected as one of four charities to be the beneficiary of the Earning to Give program.
“This represents a major injection into the TRACTION program, which is currently in the process of expanding to another workshop in Brisbane,” he said.
“TRACTION would not be possible without the continuous support of the business community and generous corporate citizens such as 99 Bikes.”
99 Bikes Founder and CEO, Matt Turner first selected TRACTION due to the visible effects the charity was having on young people and the community.
“At 99 Bikes, we are impressed with how TRACTION positively engages young people with their communities and helps them discover their talents,” Matt Turner said.
“TRACTION is a program that offers an alternative way to learn, that is hands on and empowers the young people.”
“TRACTION is an opportunity for young people to choose what benefits they take from the program, whilst being supported by encouraging business relationships.”
99 Bikes recently sent a shipment of approximately 270 bikes to Cape York to go to indigenous communities to enhance youth involvement programs, and donated $2,300 to Anjali House in Cambodia to purchase bikes for their students.
TRACTION and 99 Bikes are currently in discussions about offering selected TRACTION students real world work experience in 99 Bikes stores and industry recognised training through its training arm Velo Academy.
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Find out ore about Velo Academy
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