GCCEC gets behind build a bike program to help disadvantaged children

More than 40 local businesses came together at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) to build bikes for some of the Gold Coast’s most vulnerable children.

In partnership with Act for Kids, the annual Build a Bike charity event saw 77 bicycles built for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. The children will receive the bikes in time for Christmas.

“Build a Bike brings together a community of generous Gold Coast businesses that help make Christmas a little more special for some kids who are suffering the trauma of abuse and neglect, kids that have never experienced the joy of Christmas,” said Stephen Beckett, Act for Kids executive director of Service Development.

“For three years, this event has made a powerful difference to kids who are doing it tough.”

Act for Kids program manager on the Gold Coast, Miranda Bain, said the gift is “much more than just a bike”.

“Bikes help kids create memories, enjoy new experiences and explore their independence,” she said.

“Connection between a child and their community is key for keeping kids safe and for creating happy and vibrant communities.”

GCCEC general manager Adrienne Readings said that the support of local businesses had been overwhelming.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the community come together in an activity that helps build confidence in children and support a brighter future. It’s a highlight of our year at the Centre,” she said.