CEO Bike Build a huge success!
TRACTION's first CEO Bike Build event has proven to be a huge success with 22 of Brisbane's successful business professionals and CEOs partnering with young people from TRACTION programs to build bikes for donation to charity. In addition to raising funds for the delivery of TRACTION mentoring programs, this event gave the CEOs a first-hand experience of the benefits of TRACTION programs in the community.
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We launched our first CEO Bike Build on Friday September 6th in a bid to inspire and empower junior secondary students in need.


Program Founder Sandy Murdoch said the event is a new fundraising initiative of the TRACTION youth mentoring programs, which supports vulnerable youth to build self-esteem, find a sense of belonging and discover their future potential.

"We have been overwhelmed with the support of the local businesses who put aside time to be a part of this event and know that each of our TRACTION participants appreciated the opportunity and experience," Mr Murdoch said.

"The Bike Build event gave our TRACTION graduates the opportunity to network with and learn from some of the best in business, which is invaluable experience."

The day attracted support from companies including AP Eagers, Wallace Bishop Jewellers, Hutchinson Builders, Sunfresh Linen, CUA, Riverside Marine, Stellar Recruitment, Westpac and Transurban, and over $50,000 was raised for TRACTION to deliver programs for young people in need.

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88% of target - $51740 of $59000

TRACTION is an organisation that provides an opportunity to make a meaningful difference to young people's lives. The community we mobilise is our greatest strength.
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During the event, local community leaders and CEO's partnered with TRACTION participants to assemble a bicycle together, but with a twist! A role reversal saw the young people taking the lead as “mentors” for the day, allowing them to showcase their knowledge and practise their leadership skills.

Wallace Bishop Jewellers CEO and longstanding supporter of TRACTION, Stuart Bishop, said he was delighted to attend the inaugural Bike Build event.

"TRACTION has a unique way of engaging young people and through the workshops you can certainly see their confidence levels soar. The CEO Bike Build event is a great concept and it was my pleasure to be part of it"
Stuart Bishop
For many students it was the first time they have had the opportunity to network with and learn from business professionals of this calibre.

"The CEO Bike Build was really successful in inspiring and empowering participants in an environment that showcases the importance of teamwork and collaboration"
Sandy Murdoch

You can express your interest in participating in a future CEO Bike Build event by emailing sandy@traction.community. Ten of the bikes built on the day were donated to GIVIT, a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way.

Special thanks to our event supporters, including AP Eagers for providing the venue, Chop Chop Changs, Merlo Coffee, Kennards Hire, Northside Party Hire and AJ Moller for the event photography.

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TRACTION was established as a charitable program whose purpose is to advance social and public welfare through the provision of relief to disadvantaged young people, and in doing so, alleviating the likelihood of the disadvantaged young person continuing to suffer from poverty, distress and misfortune. How you can support TRACTION Discover More about TRACTION

Event Supporters

CEO Participants

John Cooper

Jones Day
Jones Day is a longstanding supporter of TRACTION and the firm is proud to provide pro bono legal support for the organisation. We love the work TRACTION does supporting at risk and disengaged youth in...
102% of target - $5095 of $5000

Shaun McCambridge

Stellar Recruitment
I’m delighted to represent Stellar Recruitment and work alongside a TRACTION graduate at this fantastic event. Looking forward to getting on the tools for a great cause!
27% of target - $1371 of $5000

Stuart Bishop

Wallace Bishop
Wallace Bishop have seen TRACTION grow over the last 4 years and the results the kids are getting from participating in the program is fantastic. TRACTION's team of mentors have a unique way of engaging...
100% of target - $5000 of $5000

Andrew Reid

Epic Good Foundation
The Epic Good Foundation is delighted to have supported TRACTION's work supporting young people in need since it started in 2015 and I'm looking forward to participating in the CEO Bike Build.
100% of target - $5000 of $5000

John Barton

MGD Wealth
The team at MGD Wealth have seen first hand the difference TRACTION makes for young people in need. The TRACTION team create a safe learning environment where young people experience a sense of success...
35% of target - $350 of $1000

David Moller

Present Group
The Present Group have supported TRACTION since it first started in the Redlands in 2015 and we've seen the team support over 830 young people since. TRACTION mentors are positive role models who help...
102% of target - $5075 of $5000

Steven George

Sunfresh Linen
Having only recently found out about the work TRACTION does supporting at risk youth, I'm looking forward to representing Sunfresh Linen in the CEO Bike Build and finding out more about the program.
110% of target - $5500 of $5000

Daniel Argent

Urban Property Agents
The team at Urban Property and I are passionate about young people getting the best education they can. We visited TRACTION's Moorooka workshop recently and had lunch with the participants and it was wonderful...
100% of target - $5000 of $5000

Matthew Blair & Charlie Hose

AP Eagers
AP Eagers are delighted to provide the venue for the CEO Bike Build and have Matthew and Charlie participate in the event working alongside TRACTION participants. We look forward to working with TRACTION...
12% of target - $575 of $5000

Reese Deaves

Pensar
Pensar has supported TRACTION since it started and loves the work TRACTION does to empower young people in our community. Not everyone is suited to a traditional classroom and TRACTION helps young people...
127% of target - $1270 of $1000

Jacob Arden & Luke Perkins

Westpac
We are excited to be involved in the inaugural bike build with TRACTION and seeing first hand the amazing work that they do in the community.
128% of target - $1280 of $1000

Raphael Bickle

Katarzyna
We were delighted to have TRACTION as a beneficiary charity of our Melbourne Cup functions last year at The Island and Cloudland and are pleased to continue our support for the wonderful work they do helping...
100% of target - $5000 of $5000

Russell Fryer

Hutchinson Builders
Hutchinson Builders is committed to providing pathways for young people into the construction industry and we see TRACTION playing a crucial role in helping young people achieve their potential, particularly...
100% of target - $5000 of $5000

Callum Campbell

Riverside Marine
Riverside Marine is a big fan of the work TRACTION does supporting vulnerable kids, helping them build skills, confidence, resilience and aspirations for their future. We're very pleased to continue our...
120% of target - $1200 of $1000

Chris Poynter

Transurban
Transurban is impressed with the work TRACTION does helping young people in our community realise their potential. Their action-based learning model is a wonderful way to boost self-esteem and confidence...
100% of target - $5024 of $5000

Tracy Melenewycz

Oxley Creek Transformation (a subsidiary of Brisbane City Council)
I'm looking forward to participating in the CEO Bike Build and experiencing first hand the work that TRACTION does to support young people in our community.

Karen Greaves

Lend Lease
As a longstanding supporter of TRACTION, Lend Lease is delighted to participate in the CEO Bike Build. We've seen the powerful impact TRACTION has empowering young people in our Yarrabilba residential...

Adam Rogers

Department of Transport and Main Roads
The Department of Transport and Main Roads values the work TRACTION does to support young people in need and encourage young people to take up cycling, safely. I'm looking forward to participating at the...

Richard Martin

CUA
CUA is a proud supporter of TRACTION having awarded a community grant to help establish their 'Boom Box' program and staff volunteering time as mentors and providing complimentary breakfasts for program...

Susanne Bransgrove

Liquid Gold Consultants
We are delighted that TRACTION will be a beneficiary charity of our upcoming 'Women in Family Business' conference in October. TRACTION does wonderful work supporting at risk youth and I'm looking forward...