Around 350 volunteers from company and community groups create hygiene kits for people in need
5th straight year in support of LVS global initiative
(Macao, Dec. 6, 2018) – Around 350 volunteers from Sands China Ltd. and local community groups worked together Thursday at The Venetian® Macao to build 35,000 of the 80,000 total hygiene kits of the Las Vegas Sands 2018 Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World. It is Sands China’s fifth year participating in the global effort.
This year’s event is also one in a series of activities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sands Cares Ambassador programme – a platform for Sands China team members to volunteer in the local community.
The hygiene kit build is an annual worldwide volunteer effort of Sands China’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS). The event helps international social enterprise Clean the World provide populations in need with access to hygiene supplies that are essential for good health and preventing the spread of disease. Thursday’s 35,000 assembled kits benefit global charity Children International, who will deliver the kits to families in need in the Philippines.
Sands China’s volunteer event is part of a series of hygiene kit builds held between August and December 2018 at LVS properties around the world: Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania; The Venetian in Las Vegas; and The Venetian Macao. The effort is part of LVS’ global corporate citizenship programme, Sands Cares, and its ongoing partnership with Clean the World.
Volunteers met at The Venetian Macao Thursday to assemble the 35,000 hygiene kits – about 280 Sands China team members and Sands Cares Ambassadors, and around 70 volunteers from three local associations: Fuhong Society of Macau, The Women's General Association of Macau, and The Salvation Army Macau.
The completed hygiene kits include soap collected from Clean the World’s hospitality partners, including LVS properties around the world, 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., shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, and a card with an encouraging message from Sands China – all of which is placed into a non-woven bag.
“It is Sands China’s pleasure to contribute to LVS’ annual campaign to build hygiene kits for Clean the World,” said Mark McWhinnie, senior vice president of resort operations and development for Sands China Ltd. “We are glad to see local community groups coming together with us each year for this effort, which can make a life-saving difference to populations lacking access to basic hygiene supplies.”
Shawn Seipler, CEO of Clean the World, said: “We want to thank Sands China Ltd. for giving us the opportunity to partner with them for the fifth year in a row. Through this annual kit build, we are able to deliver life-saving hygiene kits to children and families in Philippines. We are happy that the local Macao community has also come together to help assemble these kits with the staff from Sands China at this meaningful event. These hygiene kits will have an incredible impact to those in need.”
Las Vegas Sands’ global properties, including those in Macao, have built hygiene kits for Clean the World for five consecutive years. To celebrate the milestone, Thursday’s event included an anniversary cake representing five years of cooperation between Sands China and Clean the World on the global hsygiene kit build.
Including this year’s event, the company has created nearly 600,000 kits to date.
LVS’ annual hygiene kit builds also provide critical funding support for Clean the World. For each assembled kit, LVS contributes US$1 to the Clean the World Foundation. The US$80,000 donation generated from this year’s global kit build will help drive the foundation’s mission in two key areas: ongoing hygiene education and disaster response.
The annual Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build is an element of the company’s long-term partnership with Clean the World to simultaneously help people through improved hygiene access and protect the planet by diverting waste from landfills. Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 300 tons of waste from LVS properties into more than 2.1 million bars of soap. In addition, LVS has donated more than US$2 million to Clean the World since 2014, which has helped the organisation double its production of recycled soap and expand service into new areas.
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Photo caption: Representatives from Sands China Ltd., Clean the World and three local Macao community associations participate in the Las Vegas Sands 2018 Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World Thursday at The Venetian Macao.
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Photo caption: Around 350 Sands China team members and members of the Macao community join together Thursday at The Venetian Macao to build 35,000 hygiene kits for the Las Vegas Sands 2018 Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World.
Photo caption: Volunteers from Sands China and local community groups build hygiene kits at The Venetian Macao Thursday for the Las Vegas Sands 2018 Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World.
About Sands China Ltd.
Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928, Sands China or the Company) is a Cayman Islands registered company and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip portfolio is comprised of The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company’s integrated resorts contain a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities; a wide range of restaurants; shopping malls; world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre and the Sands Cotai Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao’s transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).
For more information, please visit www.sandschinaltd.com.
A firm believer in the importance of corporate social responsibility, Sands China Ltd. engages with the local Macao community as a part of Sands Cares – the charitable giving programme of parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp. Sands Cares integrates the company’s philanthropic work worldwide in four key areas: financial giving, community problem solving and collaboration, in-kind donations, and team member volunteerism.
Key areas of Sands Cares in Macao include the Sands Cares Ambassador programme for volunteering in the local community; charitable contributions to NGOs and community organisations; and sponsorship of community events.
For more information, please visit www.sands.com/sands-cares/our-commitment.html.
About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, Las Vegas and Orlando, and leads a "Global Hygiene Revolution" to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 44 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in over 127 countries. Clean the World has served over 5 million individuals through its soap distribution and hygiene education programs. In addition, Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America and across Asia.
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