Gaining traction for Special School students

A group of high school students is servicing and repairing 15 bicycles for children with special needs at the Redland District Special School through local non-profit community program, Traction.

The bikes are specially made to suit the needs of students that have physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Students from Capalaba State College and Victoria Point High School have completed servicing and repairs of the first five bikes, while Cleveland State High School students are currently undertaking the same works on a second batch as part of their involvement in the Traction program.

Traction founder Sandy Murdoch said this was representative of how young people were making a difference to the community through their participation in the Traction program.

“Traction is an action-based learning environment but this experience has given our young people an insight to the major challenges others have to face and overcome,” he said.

“It allows participants to develop new practical skills while contributing in a positive way to the local community.

“Special needs schools are stretched for funds and with the support of Traction, these bikes have been brought back from disrepair and put safely into use.”

Many of the bikes have been configured as tricycles for stability and modified with back braces for support and reinforced handlebars. The service and repair procedure involves cleaning, checking for wear and tear, and replacing damaged parts such as chains and brake pads.

Redland District Special School Deputy Principal Helena Taskis said this initiative had significantly benefited students.

“Having the bikes repaired and in good working order means students can enjoy safe use and enjoy the outdoors,” she said.

“We hope to have a long term partnership with Traction where they will engage in the ongoing maintenance of the bikes.”

Traction is a program run under the auspices of not-for-profit organisation Briswest Care, a charitable institution that works to help struggling individuals and families in the local community.

To make a donation or sponsor the program you can visit www.traction.community or phone 3102 9565. 

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