Six TRACTION participants from Clairvaux MacKillop College, aged between 12-15 years, were treated to a special visit from Brisbane members of business network Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (“EO”) last Friday.
The event was the initiative of Belinda Vesey-Brown, CEO of local strategic creative agency Brio Group, who as part of her 40th birthday celebrations in 2017 is paying it forward with 40 acts of kindness in the community. Joining her at TRACTION were four other EO members and business owners, Gerard Murtagh, Rohan Wood, Geordie Skinner and John Williamson.
There were special guests aplenty as the visit by EO members coincided with Benieka and Sarah from Equity Trustees dropping by the Moorooka workshop to see the TRACTION program in full flight.
The students from Clairvaux MacKillop are engaged in the TRACTION Bicycle Build program, which provides the chance for participants 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 the five EO members how they are progressing with their bike build projects. A bit like ‘speed dating’, students got the chance to spend time with each guest, with conversations flowing back and forth over the workshop bench. The visit provided the opportunity for a little mentoring, as the guests shared some of their life stories, including challenges overcome and lessons learnt.
The students presented each visitor with a TRACTION cap as a gesture of thanks, with Kasey, the Team Leader on the day, making the formal presentation.
It’s wonderful when the business community gets behind TRACTION. Participants feel like the people are taking an interest in them and care about the futures they are building for themselves. So well received were these special guests that students declared them “COOL AS!”.
Heartfelt thanks to the EO team and Equity Trustees visitors for giving so generously of their time. A particular thanks to those that provided their impressions on video - please see below.
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The Entrepreneurs' Organisation (EO) is a global business network of 12,000+ business owners in 163 chapters and 52 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.
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