Congrats to our Cycle of Change graduates

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20 December, 2018

In mid December, we honoured our 2018 Cycle of Change graduates in a ceremony dedicated to the celebration of their own individual uniqueness, personal strength, and the significant accomplishment of completing the program. 

Each of our 131 successful alumni received a BMX from DK Bicycles as reward for the guts, strength and determination they displayed over the course of the year, and as a symbol of the power of the positive choices they made in order to complete the program. 

We couldn't be prouder of the team, and on what was an unseasonably rainy December day, the clouds parted and shone down on our graduates just in time for the ceremony to begin. There couldn't have been a more significant image to represent the journey they embarked on throughout the year, coming out the other side of the program stronger, happier and more determined individuals, with a solid skillset to help them achieve their goals going forward.

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Thanks to all who contributed to The Drive to Ride

When we launched The Drive to Ride in early 2019, it's safe to say we never expected the kind of response we received! We thought we might be kindly donated one or two bikes and maybe a few odds and ends to add to a collection of parts we could build on over the course of the year. We certainly never expected to put together an entire fleet of bikes, based purely on the goodness of people and their willingness to help others.

But that's exactly what happened!

We can't say thank you enough to everyone that donated their old mountain bikes towards The Drive to Ride; it was absolutely incredible for us to get out and be able to talk to these people, who came from all over the state, and chat about Lighthouse and what we do, and also find out more about each of the generous folk who kindly gifted their old bikes and parts to go towards future programs, while we were at it.

The layers of benefit to these donations for the disadvantaged youth we work with, are many. They represent an opportunity for these kids to get involved in healthy, productive, social behaviours, with people who care about them and want to encourage them to believe in their own potential. It's the chance for them to engage in getting stoked on life, and channel their energy towards productive pathways; getting their adrenaline rush from hitting the trails in the fresh air. It's going forward to respect the community that has helped make it possible. It's also the knowledge that people they didn't even know cared enough to donate these bikes, to give them these experiences.

We will now spend time refurbishing and giving the donated bikes a little bit of TLC, and getting them ready for our program participants to ride and tinker with in workshops designed to teach the skills of fixing and maintaining equipment.