Using Team Building to Create Cheer for Children with Cancer

By Petrina Smith
Tuesday, 10 February, 2015

 Team building activities are a good way to inspire staff, but for Horizon Foundation, it's a way to give some cheer to children with cancer.
The Horizon Foundation, a disability care provider,recently had staff participate in a secret team building activity which was geared to encourage them to ride towards new frontiers of thinking.
The ‘Bikes for Tykes’ team building challenge promoted interaction and the objective for the 18 teams was to be first to build their bike. Each staff member from the organisation completed a series of tasks and challenges in order to earn their pieces of the bike, which they then constructed. The bikes were then presented to 18 children with cancer from Camp Quality.
Horizon Foundation Chief Executive Officer Joe Gamblin said all staff were unaware their bikes would be given to Camp Quality.
“Not only did staff experience a sense of achievement after building a bike from scratch, the exercise took on a deeper meaning and touched heart strings when they were told the bikes were a gift to children fighting a critical illness,” he said.
“The change from a fun team building activity into a very real scenario which contributed toward the greater good gave the program its power.
“Horizon Foundation supports around 1400 people with a disability or injury each year and the activity was the perfect fit for staff giving them the gift of knowing they brought joy to a child and put a smile on their face made it worthwhile.”
Xavier Brown, 10, was the proud recipient of a brand new bicycle which brightened his day while undergoing treatment for Leukaemia.
“It is so exciting and awesome to receive a brand new bike and it has made me feel so happy,” he said. “I look forward to riding to the park and having fun with my sister. “When I get better I am looking forward to going to new adventure parks and rides.”

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