SAN DIEGO—(October 31, 2013)—On Friday, Nov. 15, the employees of The Control Group, one of the fastest-growing technology startups in San Diego and developer of InstantCheckmate.com, will build prosthetic hands for landmine survivors and amputees around the world who cannot afford prosthetics. The Control Group is working with Odyssey Teams’ Helping Hands program and LN-4 Prosthetic Hand Foundation.
“Our hands are something we take for granted, especially in our field,” said Kris Kibak, co-founder and CEO of The Control Group. “Not only will we get to participate in an afternoon of team building, but we will also use our technical capabilities to create prosthetics for those in need.”
There are approximately 300,000 landmine-related amputees in the third world today—20 percent of those are children. The people impacted are usually unable to afford working prosthetics, which can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $70,000.
“We are excited that our employees will get the chance to participate in such a unique cause,” said Joey Rocco, co-founder of The Control Group. “By putting in a few hours of work we will be creating devices that will change the lives of people who would otherwise not be able to afford prosthetics.”
Partnering with programs like Odyssey’s Helping Hands, the LN-4 Prosthetic Hand Foundation has distributed over 9,000 prosthetic hands in over 60 developing countries throughout the world. They respond to individual requests for their LN-4 hands and ensure that each prosthetic is hand-delivered and fits properly.
“We are so appreciative of The Control Group’s donation to our cause,” said Michael Mendonça, President of the LN-4 Prosthetic Hand Foundation. “With their help, we are that much closer to our goal of providing prosthetic hands to all who need them.”
About the Control Group: The Control Group, co-founded by Kris Kibak and Joey Rocco, is one of the fastest-growing technology startups headquartered in San Diego. It is a web development and online marketing agency that builds and markets its own products and services. The company’s flagship product is InstantCheckmate.com, one of the largest people search engines in the world. The Control Group’s team is made up of entrepreneurs, graphic designers, developers and optimizers. For more information please visitthecontrolgroup.com.