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In celebration of Global Handwashing Day on the 15th of October 2019, Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites has announced that they have now contributed 1,698 kilograms of soap to “Hotel to Hands” – a program by Soap Aid which collects and reprocesses hotel soap for donation to communities facing major hygiene challenges.

This year’s theme for Global Handwashing Day is ‘Clean Hands for All’, which reminds society to be inclusive when addressing handwashing disparities. In line with these values, the soap donated from Oaks’ Australian and New Zealand portfolio of over 50 properties has had the following humanitarian and environmental impacts:

  • 15,706 bars of fresh soap generated
  • 264 children’s lives saved (determined by World Health Organisation)
  • 645 children supplied with fresh soap for 12 months
  • 1.8tCO2e saved from entering atmosphere – which is the equivalent to:
    • 757 litres of fuel saved
    • 10,376 kilometres off the road
    • 1 vehicle off the road

“We are proud to celebrate this global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease,” said Mr Craig Hooley, Chief Operating Officer, Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites. “Our partnership with Soap Aid allows us to support this journey through our bold target of collecting and redistributing over 26 tonnes of hotel waste soap per year.

“A significant contributor to the initiative, we are excited to continue to strengthen our commitment to Soap Aid’s lifesaving humanitarian work, as well as its critical environmental mission, as part of our brand’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability.” Hooley said.

“The health, economic and social impacts of handwashing with soap are enormous,” said Rachel Chrapot, Chief Operating Officer, Soap Aid. “By improving access to soap in the most disadvantaged communities, more than half of the 1.5 million children that die from preventable diseases can be saved. Just by washing hands, many of the germs that cause disease can be diminished. By doing that, kids can attend more school, their opportunities are enhanced, and parents are able to work more, so household incomes improve.

“Soap Aid’s partnership with Minor Hotels is important to grow our impact. Their commitment to saving lives by recycling soap from all Australian and New Zealand hotels is a major boost to our efforts to reach communities across the world. To date, we’ve sent more than 1.18 million bars of recycled soap to targeted communities in Western Australia, Vanuatu, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia, Philippines, India, PNG, and Mozambique through our community impact partnerships.”

Established in 2011, Soap Aid is a not-for-profit organisation that recycles and sends critical soap to rural and regional communities across Australia and overseas facing major hygiene challenges, while positively impacting the environment. Collectively, Soap Aid has diverted over 150 tonnes of soap from overfilling landfill to date, by partnering with hotels across Australia and New Zealand to process donated hotel waste soap into brand new bars, with the aim of reducing hygiene-related deaths globally.

Oaks  first joined the Soap Aid movement in 2015, when its Oaks Melbourne property network pledged its support to the cause.

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