Like riding a bike: CommBank community grant delivers movement and fitness

Music-lover Brodie, from Chelsea Day and Lifestyle Options (DLO) recently celebrated the arrival of a brand-new MOTOmed.

Similar to an exercise bike, the MOTOmed moves automatically, meaning the user can get the full range of motion required to ride a bike without the risk of over-exertion or injury. This helps in strengthening muscles, causing fewer spasms, less stiffness and contributes to higher levels of fitness.

The purchase of the bike was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Mordialloc Commonwealth Bank, who selected Chelsea DLO as the recipient of a $10,000 community grant in December 2020.

Nathan Barker, Head of Community Investment at Commonwealth Bank, said the team were grateful to be involved.

“As one of Australia’s largest employers, we welcome opportunities for our people to contribute to the community. The CommBank Staff Foundation is committed to driving positive change in the community by supporting the causes CBA staff are most passionate about,” Nathan said.

“We have a long history of employee giving through the program and are proud to continue providing this assistance to local charities and community groups, especially during these challenging times.”

Brodie was the first customer to work up a sweat on the stationary bike, saying he found the new machine fun and useful. Given many of Brodie’s usual DLO activities, like swimming, have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of a new form of movement was warmly welcomed.

He revealed “I’m planning to jump on the MOTOmed at least six times a week”.

Scope was nominated by Mordialloc CommBank Branch Manager Steve Price, who was excited to be there to see Brodie’s first spin.

“It was excellent,” Steven said. “It’s really great to be involved.”

Way to go, Brodie.