Execs find TRACTION in Bike Build Session

QUEENSLAND’S top business leaders have swapped the suit for a spanner to help improve the lives of disadvantaged youth in southeast Queensland.

The executives from some of the nation’s biggest companies including Westpac, Transurban and Hutchinson Builders paired with graduates from Traction, a youth development organisation, for the inaugural CEO Bike Build.

About a dozen teams had three hours to build a bike and ride it alongside the business leaders.

The half-day event raised more than $50,000 for Traction, which will give vulnerable youth the chance to build self-esteem, find a sense of belonging and discover their potential.

Traction founder Sandy Murdoch said Queensland’s top executives took directions from young participants in the event that provided invaluable confidence to youth.

“The CEOs really were mindful that it was an opportunity for the young people to be leaders for a day,” he said.

“Some of the young people we support through Traction are experiencing significant challenges in their lives.

They could hear the stories of those that have been successful and realise there are many ways to be successful and many paths to build your own future.”

Traction has also received a $40,000 grant from the Courier Mail Children’s Fund to purchase a discounted van from Mercedes Benz Brisbane.

The grant will improve the charity’s ability to run outreach programs and add to the 930 at-risk young people it has mentored since July 2015.