Our latest Bike-a-thon™ turned into a marathon and a model of corporate teambuilding! This workshop with Medtronic was like nothing we’ve ever done before! Of course, considering how unique the company is, our experience with them was bound to be a one-of-a-kind adventure.
Based in 160 countries, Medtronic Energy and Component Center is the world’s largest medical technology company. They provide innovative services and solutions to patients suffering from hundreds of maladies including diabetes, heart problems, and chronic pain. From renal failure to spinal trauma, their workforce of 84,000 employees save thousands of lives every year.
Charity on an epic scale
At their facility in Brooklyn Center Minnesota, they took corporate teambuilding through charitable giving to a whole other level. Being a good corporate neighbor is part of Medtronic’s cultures. So our charitable workshop continued their tradition of staging a huge philanthropic event every year.
Over 2 days, Medtronic 1000 workers rotated shifts and constructed 200 bikes! The first day began at 5 am and ended 12 hours later. Day 2 started at 7 am and ended at 5 pm.
And as if that wasn’t enough of a wild ride for our facilitators, on the first day Medtronic kicked things up another notch! In the middle of day 1, our team raced to another Medtronic venue and conducted another Bike-a-thon™ with 58 doctors and scientists who built 10 bikes!
Not only did the Medtronic staffers put the bikes together, they also volunteered to help our team set up for the workshops and oversee safety checks. It was a blistering hot day, but they didn’t shirk the heavy work of loading the bikes for distribution to the various charities.
A marathon of kindness
Speaking of which, this was yet another “first” for Magnovo. Instead of donating the bikes to a single charity for distribution, a number of charities were involved.
They included the YMCA and a number of its partners.
Community Emergency Assistance Programs or CEAP supports and educates low-income people with disabilities.
Simon Says Give runs a phenomenal program that teaches kids about volunteerism as a form of good citizenship!
Bike Cops for Kids is building goodwill throughout underserved communities one bike ride at a time. The primary target of these police officers is not criminals. It’s kids in their community who need to know that cops are their friends.
And Bikes 4 Kids refurbishes bikes for kids and people in need. They were ecstatic to receive new ones!
This corporate teambuilding extravaganza was one wild bike ride that Magnovo will always treasure!