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SIMULTANEOUS TEAM BUILDING AND PHILANTHROPY

Tim Millett
Published by Tim Millett
09 October 2013

Many team building experiences are now tired and overused, and can even be quite ineffective.

In order to combat this, the Helping Hands Project has recently united corporate team bonding with a great cause – prosthetic hands being created for landmine victims.

Of the 300,000 people who are amputees as a result of a landmine, 20% are children. Founder of the Helping Hands Project, Matt Henricks, said that a major concern at the moment for them is that there are over 100 million landmines active today in the world.

The project involves organisations participating in team building exercises. Teams complete the process of building the hands, and the final product is sent to people in need.

In Australia, 48 Australian companies have taken part in the project, including the Reserve Bank of Australia, American Express and Siemens.

The process of creating a prosthetic hand begins with teams simulating the experience of being an amputee by having one of their hands bound. A prosthetic hand is then built from plastic and metal, and the box in which the hand will be shipped is decorated. Those who have participated are then given the opportunity to write with the hand they have created, and this experience helps them to appreciate the impacts of their efforts.

So far, 521 hands have been built, and there are 300 more on order.

Source: http://www.hcamag.com/hr-news/making-a-difference-philanthropic-team-building-gaining-ground-176127.aspx

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