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Global Handwashing Day Observed With Live Demonstrations

Global Handwashing Day celebrated its seventh anniversary on Thursday, October 15. Clean the World was thrilled to have the opportunity to promote the cause in both of our US locations: Orlando and Las Vegas.

Founded by Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW), Global Handwashing Day is a day of advocacy dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. This holiday puts a much-needed spotlight on hygiene and the enormous effect hand washing has on improving global health.

Clean the World's Jacob Michaels demonstrates proper hand washing techniques.
Clean the World’s Jacob Michaels demonstrates proper hand-washing techniques.

Nearly 6,000 children under the age of 5 die every day from hygiene-related illnesses. Hand washing with soap is a “do-it-yourself vaccine” that, when practiced properly and regularly, prevents infections and saves lives. Many people in the public-health sector refer to it as the cheapest way to prevent hygiene-related deaths and stop the spread of harmful bacteria.

Clean the World hosted two events in honor of Global Handwashing Day. The events took place at the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, a few miles from our home office, and at the Linq Promenade in Las Vegas. Clean the World employees set up informational booths and sinks for hand washing at each location with the help of our sponsor, the American Cleaning Institute. A sink in the middle of a marketplace is an unusual sight, and it it attracted onlookers to learn more about Global Handwashing Day and Clean the World’s mission. Our booths offered a tutorial on how to properly wash hands with soap to maximize cleanliness.

Lilly Dimling, the director of programs for Clean the World, participated in the Orlando Global Handwashing Day event, helping to spread awareness at the Artegon Marketplace. “This year we ‘raised the soap bar’ in our celebration of Global Handwashing Day. We wanted to get out to the public and promote awareness of the importance of hand washing. We got down and dirty, showed people how to wash properly, and quizzed them on when it is most important. I think I can say everyone had a good time, and we have a new group of hand washing ambassadors!”

Throughout the day, dozens of people approached the booth and interacted with Clean the World volunteers. Some had never heard of our organization or knew that October 15 was Global Handwashing Day. The Orlando team also raised money through “Raise a Hand for Hygiene” to support our worldwide hygiene mission. Many people showed interest in future volunteer opportunities at Clean the World’s Recycling Operations Centers in Orlando and Las Vegas.

The main goals for this year’s Global Handwashing Day were to:

  • Foster and support a global and local culture of hand washing with soap
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of hand washing around the world
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing with soap

This was Clean the World’s first year celebrating Global Handwashing Day with an off-site event that was open to the public. We learned a lot, and will use this experience to produce an even bigger event next year.

 

Typhoon Relief: Volunteers Needed in Orlando and Las Vegas

In the Philippines, there will be a huge demand for personal hygiene items throughout the Typhoon Haiyan recovery process. With the support of Las Vegas Sands Corp., Clean the World is preparing to send 40,000 hygiene kits as soon as we can get them assembled and delivered to Children International.

We need volunteers in our Orlando and Las Vegas facilities to help put together the kits. Volunteer hours have been extended at both locations until further notice:

Volunteer Hours

Orlando:

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to Noon
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Las Vegas:
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please contact us for more information or to volunteer:
volunteers@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com
407-574-8353 Ext 114 – Orlando
702-221-8777 – Las Vegas

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Volunteer Opportunities: Soap for Hope Week and Upcoming Events

There are plenty of opportunities for you to help Clean the World save lives with soap. We need volunteers to help us surface-clean 50,000 bars of soap this month. The soap will benefit 5,000 families and communities in need. 

Dates: Monday, Aug. 20 – Thursday, Aug. 23 

Hours: 9: 30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. daily 
Where: 400 A Pittman St., Orlando, FL 
RSVP to: Rosanna Kingston at rkingston@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com or call 407-574-8353 

Volunteers Needed for Special Events 

What would a special event be without volunteers?

These folks help us set up exhibits at conferences. They put the “fun” in fundraising, soap drives, and other events. We depend on our special event volunteers to help make each event a success by promoting the mission of Clean the World. Shifts, age restrictions and volunteer needs are unique to each event. However, the events are always fun, a great way to be involved in our community!

To volunteer for any of these events, please e-mail Rosanna: rkingston@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com. 

August 20- 25: Poster Walk Week. Volunteers are needed to distribute poster throughout the city and outlying areas to businesses, churches and organizations. By distributing these materials for Clean the World, you help us stretch our limited marketing budget. These posters are to promote “soaked,” an extreme water ski event taking place on beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Some of the nation’s top water skiers will compete for cash prizes. “soaked” chose Clean the World as the event’s official charity. 

August 23 – Annual Service Week at Lake Brantley High School: Volunteers working at the Clean the World booth will assist with greeting and educating visitors about the organization’s mission, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. 

September 6 – Rollins College Changemaker Campus Event: Thursday, September 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Volunteers working at the Clean the World booth will assist with greeting and educating visitors to the booth about our organization’s mission, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. 

September 7 and 8 – “soaked:” An extreme water ski event on beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Some of the nation’s top water skiers will compete for cash prizes, and Clean the World is the official charity of the event. For every event ticket sold using the promo code CLEAN, Soaked Orlando will donate $2 to Clean the World.

Volunteers working at the Clean the World booth will assist with greeting and educating visitors about the organization’s mission, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Volunteers will be responsible for selling raffle tickets. 

Please help us break the Guinness World Record by collecting more than 10,001 new bars of soap. If you come to the event, be sure to bring 20 new, wrapped bars of soap and drop them off at our Clean the World tent. That way YOU can be a part of the world record! 

September 20 – Vistana Resort First annual Health & Wellness Week:  The event will take place on September 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Volunteers working at the Clean the World booth will assist with greeting and educating visitors to the booth about our organization’s mission, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
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