A unique and powerful combination of team building and charity
“One of the best team building events we have experienced in our many years of professional experience – both for team management and team members.”
Gaby Wenneker, SAP
“With other team building events you think about how you act, look, present yourself… Here you just want to help another person.”
What Is Helping Hands?
Helping Hands is a truly unique team building opportunity for organisations to make a real difference in the world and, at the same time, build team cohesion and purpose. A worldwide program – now in Germany
Designed for all sizes of teams – from 4 right through to 4,000 people. We come to you – Germany and Europe-wide. We travel to your team – all over Germany and Europe.
In 2.5 to 3.0 hours, your team will assemble real prosthetic hands for donation to amputee landmine victims (and other people in need) in developing countries.
Your team, by building these hands, will significantly improve people’s lives – guaranteed!
Helping Hands is a unique blend of for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. It is, first and foremost, a team building event – with the added bonus of having a charitable outcome.
A Hand Kit Set costs 250,00€ per set. The optimal group size per Hand Kit Set is four (but two to also works). We make no profit from the Hands themselves (see ‘FAQs’ below…). There are additional costs for the event facilitator and travel (starting from €700.00 minimum).
Helping Hands is not a contrived or ‘fake’ team activity that will be soon forgotten. This event is ‘real’ and connects your team and your company in many ways not possible by other team building activities.
You and your team will remember this event for months and years to come…
Helping Hands is a hugely successful worlwide team building program – over 45.000 hands have been built by corporate teams from the USA, Australia, New Zealand and England. In Germany, Helping Hands is relatively new (September 2016).
You and your team can be part of this worldwide movement.
It is people like you – those that can see the HUGE benefits of this event for their teams and the recipients of the hands – that make the difference.
What’s In It For Me / Us?
For your team
For your organisation
Many thanks to Chris for this special and different team building eent. Helping Hands combines fun, team work and the possibility to help people.
My team consists of 15 employees aged 17-64 years. It is not easy to find something that appeals to everyone and that can be done together. The "Helping Hands" program has achieved this and my team was very happy to have done something together. And then especially something that directly helps other people!
"One of the best teambuilding events we have experienced in our many years of professional experience - both for team management and team members. It had a very motivating effect, on the one hand, because we could do something real, but above all because we were all forced to look at and experience the world from the perspective of another person: "from our customer". The team then realized that this team experience put life back into the right perspective and has an inspiring effect on us as colleagues as well as as private people. Thanks to Chris for bringing this program to Germany."
"It was great to have something tangible at the end of it, and to work towards a worthy cause, rather than an arbitrary objective like some trainings!!"
“Helping Hands was a great activity that fitted perfectly with the values and culture of the Ausure group. It’s a team building activity I would recommend to any organisation looking to give employees a unique experience.”
“There was a vastly increased level of team cohesiveness. We really had an opportunity to know each other better and to have some fun together in a way that increases our commitment to work together effectively. Knowing that we actually made a significant positive difference in the lives of people who so badly need it, was astonishing!”
How Does The Event Work?
The event normally happens indoors at tables (e.g. during a conference) and takes around 2.5 to 3.0 hours.
Our facilitator introduces this activity through the use of a powerful video and Power Point presentation. Participants then realise that the activity they will be engaged in has a real, charitable purpose.
In groups of 3 to 4 people, your team then goes about building the prosthetic hands. There are detailed instructions provided, as well as a ‘Help Desk’, so all groups are set-up for success.
As an added challenge, normally each person has one hand ‘covered’ during the build process. This helps to remind them of why they are doing the activity and what it is like to live with such a disability.
Each assembled hand is then put into a container which has been uniquely decorated by each team. You will then have a photo taken with it as a team. This photo is then packed together with the hand so that the recipients can see a picture of the people that made their hand for them.
Our facilitator runs a debrief session depending on the desired outcomes for the event.
At the end of the event we share stories and videos from real recipients that really brings home how much of a difference the hands will make to their lives. It is a fantastic way to complete the activity as it ensures that all participants are left energised and with a renewed sense of purpose.
The assembled hands are sent to ‘fitting days’ as organised by, for the most part, Rotary International the LN-4 Foundation (www.ln-4.org ) where the hands are fitted to their new owners – TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE.
Where possible, there will be a photo taken of the recipient together with the package that your team decorated, as well as their team’s own photo. When we see this posted online we will do our best to inform you (see FAQs).
Want a Quote or More Information?
A TV report about Helping Hands
Frequently Asked Questions
Hand Kit Sets cost €250,00 each. Each kit set is built by a team of 3 to 4 people. There is zero profit made on hands (see below).
Added to this is a basic, reasonable fee for our facilitator(s), organisation and travel (starting from €700.00).
The costs for this event are completely transparent and you will know exactly where your money has been invested.
More about the cost of LN4 Prosthetic Hands;
The Helping Hands Program is a partnership between for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.
The Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation (EMPHF), a non-profit organisation in the USA, supplies the basic parts for the hands, Odyssey Teams Incorporated (also USA) develop the assembly of the hands as a team building program, assemble kit-sets and ship these resources world-wide to partners such as Team Benefit here in Germany.
Team Benefit orders hands, develops the materials in German and advertises and facilitates the workshops for you, the client. The assembled hands, together with team photos, are then shipped back to Odyssey Teams who then quality check the hands before they are sent back to the LN4 Foundation for distribution.
The EMPHF, in many cases, utilises the services of Rotary International (non-profit) to organise a team to travel with and fit the hands, completely free of charge, to the recipients. If Rotary is not involved, another charitable organisation will be.
The cost of 250 Euros pays for the supply chain of the hand from production right through to them being back with the EMPHF ready to be taken to recipients and fitted.
Therefore, the cost of a hand includes;
– the hand parts themselves
– the program development
– workshop associated resources
– international freight x2
– local freight x2
– any customs duties
– quality checks
Team Benefit in Germany is, at best, covering their costs with what they charge for each hand kitset.
Team Benefit charges a facilitation fee for each workshop/event. This fee is used to pay the facilitator and handle event logistics (ordering hands, travel arrangements, event packing, etc.).
The Helping Hands Program is the primary and exclusive source of funding, assembly and quality assurance of the hands with over 30,000 hands funded, assembled and delivered to recipients so far. Cash donations can be made directly to the Foundation and 100% of the proceeds go towards R&D of new hand design and distribution.
The nature of the LN4 Hand, and the way they are distributed, are such that there is, and cannot be, any “black market” for them. They have no commercial value. Unlike the donation of food or money, there is no chance of assembled hands being used for anything but their intended purpose.
Simply contact the Helping Hands team using the contact details on this website.
- Blumenhaus Wagner
- Husqvarna Group
- Ministerium für Arbeit
- Deutsche Bahn
We can run this event in either language… but English is easiest 🙂
Chris come from New Zealand. He started a successful team building company called “Elevate” 22 years ago.Elevate runs approx. 170 team building events each year – all with links to charitable outcomes. Helping Hands is one of these events and one where Chris has seen the amazing difference that this event makes with the people who participate and, of course, the recipients of the hands. Chris moved to Germany in 2012 and chose to offer Helping Hands to forward-thinking teams here.
Chris’ belief is that people in workplaces, by connecting behind higher purposes, perform better and contribute to a better world.
The Helping Hands Program is a program that was founded in the USA and has now spread to Australasia and, now, Europe.
The Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation, has delivered around 30,000 LN-4 prosthetic hands, in over 74 countries since 2005. Their goal is to provide an LN-4 Prosthetic Hand to all who want one, always for free.
More information can be found on their website. (go to www.ln-4.org )
Helping Hands is a unique partnership between for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. Helping Hands should be viewed first and foremost as a “team building event” but with a very charitable outcome. It is this unique partnership that has enabled so many businesses to experience the amazing results of a team event with such an outcome and over 30,000 people in need to receive prosthetic hands.
We are unable to produce an invoice that can be written-off as charity – we are not a registered charitable organisation, and the company that we purchase the hand kit sets from (and which is the ONLY way hand kits are purchased worldwide) is also not a charity organisation. This company buys the hand kit sets from a charity (www.ln-4.org) and packages it together into a team building kitset (https://odysseyteams.com/shop/). For this packaging and the proprietary rights, they make a small profit.
Here in Germany, we make no profit from the hand kit sets.
So, unfortunately, there are no donation tax benefits – only massive benefits for your team and, of course, the hand recipients.
When a hand is built, a photo of the team that built the hand is printed and placed in the hand’s decorated protective carry case.
At some future time, someone somewhere in the world will see this photo of the people who built ‘their’ hand.
When possible, a photo is taken of the recipient with the photo and/or decorated carry case.
Again, only when possible, these photos appear on Facebook feeds which we then share on the Team Benefit Facebook feed ( https://www.facebook.com/teambenefit.de/ ).
It is possible, but in no way gauranteed, that a photo of your team, or one of your teams, will appear.
To avoid disappointment, the best way to consider this is that people who have built a hand are now part of a worldwide movement to provide free LN4 hands to those in need. Therefore, you and your team have played a part in ANY photo of someone receiving a LN4 hand.
We hope you get to see the person who received your hand but, as stated, it is in no way guaranteed.
Yes. You can purchase one or more hands to build. Simply contact us.