Approximately 200 volunteers from Sands China Ltd. and local community groups recently worked together at The Venetian® Macao to build 40,000 hygiene kits for Clean the World, an international social enterprise that provides hygiene supplies essential for good health to populations in need around the globe, helping prevent the spread of disease.
Sands China’s hygiene kit build helps Clean the World distribute emergency response hygiene kits to assist with on-the-ground, immediate needs in times of crisis and disaster. In 2013, Sands China was the first integrated operator to launch such an event in Macao. Including this year’s event, the company and its community partners have assembled a total of 280,000 kits over the years.
“Sands China is pleased to continue promoting this impactful global corporate social responsibility initiative, having now supported Clean the World’s efforts for seven consecutive years,” said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. “With the world currently navigating a new and challenging landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to continue initiatives like this so that areas in need can be better prepared to deal with times of crisis and difficulty. Our thanks go to the volunteers from the company and the community for coming together despite the unique challenges of this year to make the event a success again.”
The volunteers met at Cotai Expo Dec. 4 to assemble this year’s 40,000 hygiene kits. Close to 150 of them were Sands China Team Members, including Sands Cares Ambassadors, and approximately 50 more came from three local associations: the Macau Association for the Mentally Handicapped, the Macau Autism Association and Fuhong Society of Macau.
The kits will benefit global charity Children International, who will deliver them to families in need in the Philippines, providing hygiene supplies that are essential in times of crisis.
Each completed hygiene kit contains soap that is collected from hotels at Sands China’s Integrated Resorts, and recycled through Clean the World’s soap sterilization and re-manufacturing process. The kits also contain face towels donated by Linyi Standard Textile Trading Co., Ltd., dental kit sets donated by Ming Fai Enterprise International Co., Ltd., a toothbrush and toothpaste – all of which are placed into a non-woven bag.
To ensure safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sands China implemented additional hygiene precautions during the entire packing process for this year’s event, including measures such as performing temperature checks on volunteers and supplying hand sanitizers and disposable gloves.
Shawn Seipler, founder and chief executive officer of Clean the World, said: “Over the past seven years, Sands China has been a steadfast supporter of Clean the World’s mission to save lives through the recycling and distribution of soap. This past year has been no exception. At a time of paramount uncertainty, Sands China's dedication to social impact and sustainability has remained constant. We are excited about the impact made by this event and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this amazing partnership.”
Sands China’s support of Clean the World is part of Sands Cares, the global corporate citizenship program of parent company Las Vegas Sands.