Clean the World Gala: The Final Countdown…

We’re just days away from the Inaugural Clean the World Gala, and the excitement is building. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available, but time is running out. Register online to reserve your place at the party.

Hospitality industry leaders will gather Saturday, Nov. 5, at The Peabody Orlando in celebration of their collective embrace of the Clean the World hospitality partnership program, and to realize the impact this simple solution is having in the lives of children and families around the world.

We’ve talked a lot about the Gala in this newsletter in past several months, and now it’s almost time to start the show. Here’s what you can expect to see at the Inaugural Clean the World Gala:

– Actress Mariana Klaveno of Showtime’s “Dexter” and HBO’s “True Blood” will be a presenter at the event. Klaveno is celebrity spokesperson for Clean the World and has spent time recycling soaps on our behalf at our recycling operations center in Vancouver, British Columbia.
– Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, sidelined by the NBA lockout, has turned his attention to saving lives with soap. He’s a strong supporter of Clean the World and will be available to meet and greet guests, sign autographs and share his bubbly personality and passion for Clean the World.
– Thomas McClary, one of the original founders of “The Commodores” and several other music industry projects, will also lend his talents to our event. We call him “Mr. Brickhouse”. When you meet him, you’ll know why.
– Local meteorologist Tom Sorrells from WKMG-Local 6 (CBS Orlando) will host the event. He, too, has volunteered with his family members in our Orlando soap recycling facility, so he knows firsthand how important and rewarding it is to “get your hands dirty cleaning soap” for a good cause.

The event will feature exciting entertainment from around the world to represent countries served by Clean the World and its global distribution partnerships. Recording artist Jean Beauvoir will perform a special treat that he’s dedicating to his Haitian homeland. Cultural dances performers from Colombia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Native American culture and the United States will also highlight the Gala entertainment.

And, of course, you’ll hear a lot about Clean the World and how your contributions and support of our efforts have fueled a global hygiene revolution.

The Inaugural Clean the World Gala is a celebration of sustainability and socially responsible programs for the hospitality industry. It mirrors our mission at Clean the World and centers on the children and families who remain at the heart of all that we do. And we couldn’t do it without you.

So, let’s count on seeing you there for a great night of fun and fundraising. Register now to get your tickets and look forward to having fun at the Inaugural Clean the World Gala. Soap saves lives!

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Clean the World Soap Press at Work

The Clean the World soap press at work…

Listen to the purr of the engine, the rhythmic hum of the conveyor, and the steady cuts from the blade. Or forget all that and just look at all the soap coming off the line. This never gets old…

Since its founding in 2009, Clean the World has collected, recycled and distributed more than 9 million soap bars in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries.

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Children International: 108,000 Soaps for Asia

Children International kicked off its partnership with Clean the World by filling a truck with 108,000 bars of soaps bound for typhoon and flooding victims in the Philippines. It is the first of two truckloads to be filled each month as part of the partnership to help stop the spread of preventable diseases by providing and promoting better hygiene opportunities.

Children International is a humanitarian organization focused on overcoming poverty. The soaps have been ticketed for communities in the Philippines that are suffering from lack of access to basic hygiene supplies.

“Clean the World is committed to helping as many children and families as possible by recycling soap to save lives, especially in the wake of a disaster like the recent typhoon in the Philippines,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder at Clean the World. “This partnership with Children International helps us open doors to communities in Asia where demand for our soaps is great. The partnership is one that we’ve targeted for some time, and we’re grateful to be working with such a well-known and well-respected organization to help advance our global hygiene revolution.”

The soaps were fresh off the soap press at Clean the World, having been sanitized and reformed into uniform bars for easy packaging and distribution. This initial pickup by Children International should help provide enough soap for nearly 11,000 children for an entire month.

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Soaps for Sierra Leone and Honduras

Source: James Mansaray, NHA
Clean the World took its first step toward completing a successful soap distribution to Sierra Leone this week. A pallet of soap (roughly 2,000 bars) was loaded onto a truck in Orlando on Oct. 31 and is bound for the West African country courtesy of The Southern Eye Institute of Memphis, Tenn.

The soaps will be distributed to children and families in the poorest communities of Serabu, Sierra Leone. Serabu is a village of 3,000 residents, where rural people live in mud and wattle houses with roofs of palm thatch. They are without electricity or pure drinking water. Sierra Leone has the second highest infant mortality rate in the world with a rate of 123 deaths for every 1,000 births. Many of these deaths are attributed to poor hygiene and inadequate sanitation conditions.

The soaps will be used in demonstrations of proper hand washing when paired with water from Tippy Taps that have been placed in the area. The Tippy Taps provide basic water stations for personal hygiene, and the soaps will add an enormous benefit for teachers in the area who will be instructing local residents on the importance of regular hand washing to prevent the spread of disease.

Thanks to Michael Feeley of MeSoap for bringing Clean the World to the attention of The Southern Eye Institute and for being instrumental in the coordination of this global hygiene effort.

Additionally, Clean the World sent two packages of roughly 200 bars of soaps wrapped in PeopleTowels to Honduras. The soaps will be included as sustainable hygiene kits and distributed by U.S. military personnel at Ramon Amaya Amador School in Las Minitas; Francisco Morazan School in San Pedro de Quelepa; Lempira School in Playoncito; Prudencia Fernandez School in Playon Ajuterique; and Francisco Morazan School in San Rafael.

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Calling All Volunteers…

Thinking of volunteering in November? Clean the World has plenty of opportunities for you. And you just may win a prize for your efforts.

Our Orlando facility is actively seeking volunteers throughout the month to help meet our goal of recycling 50,000 hotel soaps to provide comfort for 5,000 children in 30 days. You’ll also be called upon to spread awareness about Clean the World at a series of local events.

Here are some of the opportunities available:

Surface Cleaning of Soaps: Help Clean the World by getting involved in the initial phase of our soap recycling process. Bring a group of friends, family, classmates and business associates to our downtown Orlando facility and jump right in to get started.

Packing Hygiene Kits: Help us provide soaps and bottled amenities as part of 7,300 hygiene kits that will be distributed to homeless shelters throughout central Florida during the holiday season.

Ambassadors Needed: Represent Clean the World at several area events including some at Universal Studios Orlando, The Salvation Army, Coalition for the Homeless and Seminole County Public Schools Families in Transition.

Volunteers must be at least 8-years-old and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Adult volunteers are encouraged, as are school groups, church groups, college fraternities and sororities, civic organizations, and other socially focused individuals who want to help save lives by recycling soap.

And by volunteering at Clean the World in November you’ll be eligible to win two (2) tickets to attend FUN SPOT USA in Kissimmee, Fla. A drawing will be held at the end of the month and a winner will be announced via Clean the World’s Facebook page on Dec. 1.

Please visit this website link and fill out the form to schedule your volunteer experience at Clean the World. You may also contact Rosanna Kingston at rkingston@cleantheworld.org to secure your place on our volunteering schedule. Thanks for helping Clean the World.

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