Darra to Beaudesert joyride to raise funds for high school TRACTION program

TRACTION: Students Holly, Noah, Rhys, Beau, Maddy Hayden and Hunter with mentors and instructors Oscar and Rick. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
TRACTION: Students Holly, Noah, Rhys, Beau, Maddy Hayden and Hunter with mentors and instructors Oscar and Rick. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

STUDENTS at Beaudesert State High School have signed on to work in a bicycle and small engine workshop run by the charity TRACTION.

Seven students yesterday enjoyed their first day of the program that will see them spend every Monday of the current school term in a workplace environment.

School guidance officer and co-ordinator of the program Thomas Cleary said the seven students earned their place in the program after applying for a position and attending an interview.

"The students picked are usually those considered at risk of disengaging from education or those who have a high interest in manual arts as a vocation," he said.

"During the interview process they are made aware that being part of the program comes with conditions, so they will turn up every day, work respectfully with co-workers and instructors and follow a code of conduct."

MENTORS: Oscar and Rick have signed on to guide the Beaudesert students through the program.

MENTORS: Oscar and Rick have signed on to guide the Beaudesert students through the program.

Mr Cleary said the students would improve their confidence and life skills in an environment more like a workplace than a classroom.

He said the program had been running since 2017 and was very popular, with graduates of the program able to come back as mentors.

"This time we are restoring discarded bikes to brand new condition and as added incentive, the kids get to keep the bikes they restore," he said.

"It will take them nine to 10 weeks and it's not an easy job but the program increases their confidence and enhances their ability to work in the real world.

"Just like in the real world, they can also be sacked."

TRACTION executive leader Sandy Murdoch said the charity was holding a charity joyride on Sunday to raise funds for the Beaudesert program.

Leaving from Perivale Street, Darra, a convoy will ride or drive to Nindooinbah House in Beaudesert.

Mr Murdoch said registration fees - $200 for a car or $150 for a motorbike were tax deductable and people could also fund a $1000 scholarship enabling a young person to take part in the program.

"Beaudesert locals are invited to join the event by meeting at Nindooinbah House for 9am," he said.

"We have had a wonderful response already from Scenic Rim supporters.

"We held a fundraising dinner at the Overflow Estate in March and that dinner alone helped us raise about $25,000 for the program.

"For this weekend's event we will have a barbecue brunch prepared by the local Lions Club and the money we raise will put us on track to offer 72 places a year, extending the program from one day a week to three days from July."

To register for the joyride or find out more about the TRACTION program and how to contribute, visit traction.community/joyride