On Sunday 16th July, the top 12 Bike Mechanics from national bicycle retail group “99 Bikes” donated 3 hours of their time to TRACTION. The 99 Bikes team spent time providing technical training to selected TRACTION participants, mentors, family and friends, at both our Capalaba and West End workshops. Attendees had the chance to learn from the best in the business about specific technical and mechanical topics, but also got the chance to hear about career opportunities in the industry and what it’s like working with 99 Bikes.
Fantastic news that students from St James College will participate in TRACTION at our West End workshop starting Term 2, 2017.
St James is a co-educational Catholic Secondary School located in Spring Hill and runs with a philosophy based on Gospel values and the tradition of Edmund Rice, the founder of Christian Brothers. The happiness of the individual, whatever his/her achievement is of vital importance.
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.