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ON-Q lends a Helping Hand

Thursday, December 17, 2015

It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round, however without doubt it is human kindness which keeps its spinning existence on an even keel.

Many of us take our health and physical well-being for granted. This definitely wasn’t the case on Friday when local well known Disability Employment Service ON-Q Human Resources willingly engaged in building prosthetic hands for donation to amputee landmine victims throughout the developing world. This activity is essentially a team-building event that enables ordinary people to literally "give a prosthetic hand" to people in the developing world.

ON-Q Human Resources is a not for profit company that has been helping people with disability to find employment in Northern NSW and South East Queensland for 28 years. With the festive season in full flight, ON-Q felt it only fitting to give back to those in need on a broader geographical scale and change their lives in an extraordinary way.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Matt Henricks, Helping Hands Director and Australian Founder, shared his personal journey in fitting the prosthetic hands to those in need through means of photos, videos and testimonials.

ON-Q’s CEO, Lisa Smith said "Every day, staff at ON-Q change people’s lives and in turn the communities in which we live through finding paid employment for our clients. When Matt set the team the challenge of building prosthetic hands they realised they had the capacity to expand their local work to disadvantaged people globally and were instantly engaged with the activity."

Staff were asked to construct the hands using only their non-dominant hand so they could really experience what some of the receivers of their hands live with on a daily basis. From here the groups of three worked together attempting what initially looked like a daunting task to construct a workable hand which would change the life of a worthy recipient for a very long time.

The sense of achievement was difficult to place into words and staff felt "inspired, empowered, recharged and wholeheartedly committed" to the activity.

It is really overwhelming when you sit and think of the nine beautiful hands that will fly across the world and meet their new owners to undertake basic tasks such as eating independently, writing letters, doing homework, dressing themselves and even commencing employment.

This team building activity really helps ON-Q to carry out its mission of changing people’s lives for the better. It won’t just be a physical hand that is healed for the recipients; it is their hearts and humanity that is graciously restored.






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