The following press release was issued by Longboat Key Club & Resort on Monday, Oct. 15:
[Longboat Key, FL – October 15, 2012] Celebrating the one year anniversary of its participation in the Clean the World program, Longboat Key Club & Resort is proud to announce it has achieved a milestone number – the distribution of over 3,000 bars of soap to children and families in over 55 countries worldwide, as a result of the 1,514 pounds of hotel amenities that have been collected at the Resort since January, 2012.
“I cannot tell you how proud I am that through our participation in the Clean the World program, we at Longboat Key Club & Resort have been able to positively impact the lives of children and families thousands of miles away. This is just one of many green initiatives that we support at the Resort and the resulting benefits of saving lives, repurposing products and reducing waste is a wonderful statement of success. By dedicating time to this effort we have been able to keep over 1,514 pounds of waste out of our landfills and in turn, help create life saving products that that have a global reach,” said Rick Benninghove, Director of Operations for Longboat Key Club & Resort. “I challenge other hospitality partners to participate in the program, not only for the life-saving impact of the organization but also for the camaraderie and positive morale it fosters among the associates. It is really uplifting when they realize that through their day-to day efforts they have been able to save lives and support families around the globe in such a significant way.”
Since it’s inception in February, 2009, Clean the World Foundation, Inc, has distributed over 11 million bars of soap and 325 tons of repurposed shampoos and conditioners to over 55 countries worldwide including Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Mali, Mongolia, Uganda, Honduras and Romania. Currently operating in 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces, the organization can produce over 80,000 bars of life-saving soaps each day. Converting collected hotel amenities into usable products through a patented sanitizing process by Florida certified Tri-Tech Laboratories; the repurposed products are a life-saving measure for thousands of young children and families.
“The importance of what Longboat Key Club & Resort is doing cannot be understated”, said Clean the World CEO, Shawn Seipler. “The act of giving a child a lifesaving bar of soap, and seeing their reaction is nothing short of incredible. For these children who cannot afford it regularly, receiving free soap is like a Christmas gift. I thank our hospitality partners for making it happen every day it is precisely what we set out to do when we began the organization in 2009. It is very simple – soap saves lives.”
Seipler just returned from a soap distribution trip to Honduras, the poorest country in Latin America, where over 4,000 bars of soap were distributed to impoverished school children and orphans in partnership with the U.S. Military at the Soto Cano Air Force Base.
3.5 million children under the age of 5 will die this year due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease. Up to 65% of these deaths can be prevented by simple hand-washing with bar soap and proper personal hygiene practices. Longboat Key Club & Resort proudly supports the Clean the World Foundation to support them in their goal of saving millions lives each year.
For more information about becoming a hospitality partner or an individual supporter, visit www.cleantheworld.org.
About Longboat Key Club and Resort
Longboat Key Club & Resort is Sarasota’s premier AAA Four-Diamond beachfront resort and private club renowned for its distinctive guest service and unparalleled amenities. Easily accessible from two international airports, the resorts on-site amenities include: championship golf; 25 Har-Tru tennis courts; a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre; Island House Spa offering over 50 services; six unique restaurants; a 291 slip deep-water marina; and a private white sand beach. Located at 220 Sands Pointe Road, Longboat Key, Florida, reservations can be made by calling (941) 383-8821, (800) 237-8821 or by contacting us online at www.longboatkeyclub.com.