THE GIFT OF RIDING

BRISBANE-based community bike building program TRACTION has been the beneficiary of a more than $10,000 donation as part of 99 Bikes’  “Earning to Give” program.

The program involves each staff member from 99 Bikes donating one per cent of their wage to a charity of their choice. 

Traction has received $10,912 in donations which led to the purchase of 84 new bicycles.

Twelve of the 84 bikes are being used as teaching aids and the remainder are being repurposed under the TRACTION program and will go back into the community.  

TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch said the organisation was selected as one of four charities to be the beneficiary of the Earning to Give program. 

“This represents a major injection into the TRACTION program, which is currently in the process of expanding to another workshop in Brisbane,” he said. 

“TRACTION would not be possible without the continuous support of the business community and generous corporate citizens such as 99 Bikes.”  

99 Bikes Founder and CEO, Matt Turner first selected TRACTION due to the visible effects the charity was having on young people and the community. 

“At 99 Bikes, we are impressed with how TRACTION positively engages young people with their communities and helps them discover their talents,” Matt Turner said.  

“TRACTION is a program that offers an alternative way to learn, that is hands on and empowers the young people.” 

“TRACTION is an opportunity for young people to choose what benefits they take from the program, whilst being supported by encouraging business relationships.”

99 Bikes recently sent a shipment of approximately 270 bikes to Cape York to go to indigenous communities to enhance youth involvement programs, and donated $2,300 to Anjali House in Cambodia to purchase bikes for their students. 

TRACTION and 99 Bikes are currently in discussions about offering selected TRACTION students real world work experience in 99 Bikes stores and industry recognised training through its training arm Velo Academy. 

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