It was awesome to have Nick and Adam from the Capalaba store of national bicycle retail group 99 Bikes visit TRACTION today. Experienced bicycle technicians and shop managers, the pair shared how they'd forged successful careers in the growing business, started in Brisbane and now with stores throughout the country.
Six lucky year 7, 8 & 9 students from Wellington Point State High School, currently participating in the TRACTION Bicycle Build program, were amongst the first to hear about new Bicycle Mechanic Apprenticeship opportunities launched recently by 99 Bikes. The company will be recruiting aspiring bicycle mechanics and supporting them through a rigorous training program under the expert supervision of 99 Bikes staff.
The TRACTION Bicycle Build program provides the chance for students to refurbish a bicycle donated from the community over an eight to ten week period as part of their school curriculum. Students get to experience a sense of success, build confidence and develop practical, team and interpersonal skills.
Students showed Nick and Adam how they are progressing with their own bike builds at TRACTION and asked questions about their experience in the industry, including how Nick got so many "jerseys" on his name badge.
Support from the business community is appreciated and helps TRACTION participants get a better understanding about what is required to be successful in the workplace and to build their own future.
99 Bikes have been avid supporters of the TRACTION program since it kicked off in 2015. In 2016, 84 new bikes were donated to TRACTION (Read More) and stores (like Browns Plains) across Southeast Queensland routinely provide second-hand bikes that have been donated by their customers to TRACTION for participants to work on as projects.
Visit the team at 99 Bikes Capalaba:
Address: 1 Moreton Bay Rd, Capalaba
Phone: (07) 3156 2499
Accounting and advisory group Pitcher Partners has thrown its support behind non-profit community program TRACTION through a new sponsorship agreement.
The national advisory’s Brisbane office has committed to an initial three-year engagement with TRACTION, a community program that aims to empower young people to a better future.
Brett Headrick, a partner at Pitcher Partners, said while TRACTION was one of many community programs supported by the group there was no greater cause than nurturing the young to strive for achievement.
“The philosophy behind TRACTION is very much at the core of our own corporate culture to care for our staff, clients and community,” Mr Headrick said.
“The TRACTION program is very much about empowering young people in need and helping them build their own positive futures, so we are particularly thrilled to be supporting this worthy community program.”
The sponsorship will involve Pitcher Partners making an annual cash donation to support TRACTION’s programs.
A second pillar of the firm’s support will involve an annual Alumni Bike Ride for Pitcher Partners’ staff, former staff and families. The annual event is aimed at both raising funds for TRACTION and engaging the Pitcher Partners team with the community program.
Pictured above: Sandy Murdoch and Leroy Butler (TRACTION); Karen Levine and Brett Headrick (PITCHER PARTNERS)
TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch has welcomed the much-needed support from the high-profile firm.
“We are extremely grateful for the sponsorship commitment from Pitcher Partners and their faith in the work we do,” Mr Murdoch said.
“Support from the business community makes a significant difference to the sustainability of the TRACTION program and helps ensure that we continue to make a difference in the lives of young people in need.”
Pitcher Partners has a well-established reputation in supporting local community initiatives and forging long-standing relationships.
In committing its support to TRACTION over the next three years, the firm aims to not only support the organisation but also help it grow.
“It’s definitely a two-way street from our perspective, because through community events we create a valued opportunity for our staff and their families to get together and to support a worthy cause at the same time,” Mr Headrick said.
The annual Pitcher Partners Alumni Bike Ride is expected to become a focal point on TRACTION’s annual events calendar with funds raised through ticket sales to be matched by the firm and donated to TRACTION.
“The event will help get the word out about the program and, who knows, maybe even see some of the staff from Pitcher Partners volunteering from time to time as mentors or helping participants with their bike projects,” Mr Murdoch said.
Pitcher Partners has gained an enviable reputation for developing long-term relationships with its clients due to its solid understanding of their businesses and the industries in which they operate.
Pitcher Partners is a national corporation of independent firms with offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle.
The Brisbane office has been operating in the Queensland market for the last 40 years and has developed an extensive understanding of local business.
TRACTION is expanding and is always on the hunt for new volunteers and supporters. For further information please visit www.traction.community
TRACTION took part in Bicycle Queensland’s “Ride2Work Day” this morning where commuters were rewarded for hopping on their bikes and riding to work! Cyclists were treated to a free breakfast at the Law Courts Plaza on George Street in the CBD. The event encourages people to ride to work and join the cycling community and for regular commuters to enjoy a relaxed breakfast with hundreds of fellow riders.
TRACTION Mentors Richard, Baxter, Mark and Sandy were delighted to meet the community to showcase TRACTION. Thanks to those that registered interest in volunteering with TRACTION and for committing to donate their old bikes for participants to work on!
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Fantastic to have Glenala State High School part of the TRACTION program. The first students started the Bike Build program at the Moorooka workshop last week.
Success Coach James Brewer joined the students and their first day. Mentors Rob and Mark enjoyed the day with the students, showing them the workshop and introducing them to their first bike projects. Participants stripped and re-assembled BMX bikes donated to TRACTION by retail group 99 Bikes for TRACTION to use for training purposes.
Glenala SHS is one of eight schools and community groups participating in TRACTION programs at the Moorooka workshop and the four students join 24 others getting into their projects each week.
We're excited to have Marsden State High School part of the TRACTION program. The first students started the Bike Build program at the Moorooka workshop recently.
Mentors Rob, Dale and John have been enjoying time with the students, showing them the workshop and introducing them to their first bike projects. The first task for participants was to strip and re-assemble BMX bikes donated to TRACTION by retail group 99 Bikes for TRACTION to use for training purposes.
Marsden SHS is one of eight schools and community groups participating in TRACTION programs at the Moorooka workshop and the three students from Marsden join 24 others getting into their projects each week.
We’re delighted to welcome Clairvaux MacKillop College as a new school to join TRACTION.
The first students started participating in the Bicycle Build program at the Moorooka workshop last week.
Mentors Rob and Karl enjoyed the day with the students, showing them the workshop and introducing them to their first bike projects. Participants stripped and re-assembled BMX bikes donated to TRACTION by retail group 99 Bikes for TRACTION to use for training purposes.
Clairvaux MacKillop College is one of eight schools and community groups participating in TRACTION programs at the Moorooka workshop and the six students join 24 others getting into their projects each week.
Wellington Point State High School has joined the TRACTION program and its first students attended our Capalaba workshop last Friday to participate in the Bicycle Build program.
Mentors Simon, Dale and Sara were delighted to spend the day with the students, showing them the workshop and introducing them to their first bike projects. Participants stripped and re-assembled BMX bikes donated to TRACTION by retail group 99 Bikes for TRACTION to use for training purposes.
Wellington Point High is the sixth school to weigh into the program at Capalaba and the six students join 24 others participating in TRACTION at “Shed 27” each week.
TRACTION is expanding in 2017 in a number of ways. Not only is it increasing the number of days its workshops operate to provide more opportunities for young people to participate in the program, it has kicked off an exciting partnership that brings TRACTION to the Logan community.
TRACTION is delighted to be working with the YMCA Vocational School and yourtown, two wonderful community organisations that have a tradition of supporting young people in the community.
A new workshop has been established within the yourtown facility in Kingston and students from the YMCA Vocational school commenced their first TRACTION Bicycle Build program in February.
TRACTION provides overall guidance and support for the delivery of its Bicycle Build program and the staff and volunteers from the YMCA Vocational School deliver the program for its students as part of their overall school curriculum.
We're proud that students from The Murri School (Acacia Ridge) got started with TRACTION in February.
The Murri School is quite different from other independent schools. While it concentrates on the 'academics' with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, it also fosters a number of other dimensions that prepare students for life in the 21st century. It's vision is “In respect of our peoples, our culture, our land, we foster an inclusive learning environment which promotes empowerment, identity and success through education".
One of the joys of working with organisations like The Murri School is that it recognises that working in isolation is not productive and they acknowledge those who work with them to ensure positive outcomes for all students.
We look forward to supporting students who will participate in the Bike Build and Small Engines programs at our Moorooka Workshop.