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.