35,000 Hygiene Kits for Clean the World

Sands China

Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928) has once again joined Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) in its worldwide volunteer effort to build 100,000 hygiene kits this year for international social enterprise Clean the World to help improve the health and well-being of populations in need. Kits assembled Tuesday by Sands China and community volunteers at The Venetian® Macao for the Las Vegas Sands 2017 Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World will benefit Children’s International, who will deliver the 35,000 kits to families in need in the Philippines.

Sands China’s volunteer event is one of a series of hygiene kit builds held across LVS properties around the world between August and October 2017. It began at Sands China in Macao, and continues at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore August 31 and Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania September 23, culminating in Las Vegas October 7. The effort is part of LVS’ global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares, and its ongoing partnership with Clean the World.

To support the global effort led by Sands China’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp., around 400 people gathered at The Venetian Macao Tuesday to assemble 35,000 hygiene kits, to be delivered to families in need in the Philippines. They included over 300 Sands China team members and Care Ambassadors, and around 100 volunteers from four local associations: the Women’s General Association of Macau, Macau Special Olympics, Richmond Fellowship of Macau, and the Salvation Army.

Each hygiene kit includes soap that is 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. Other amenities in the kit include washcloths donated by Standard Textile Company, toothbrush and toothpaste donated by Ming Fai Group, shampoo, conditioner, and a non-woven bag. Also in the kit is an inspirational notecard with encouraging messages from Sands China team members.

Mark McWhinnie, senior vice president of resort operations and development for Sands China Ltd., said: “Sands China is delighted to again play a part in this year’s Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build. It is a pleasure for us to work together with volunteers from throughout the Macao community again on this worldwide initiative. Clean the World is doing some amazing work around the world which helps save lives, and we couldn’t be more proud to partner with them and this innovative initiative.”

One of the participating volunteers said: “I get so much enjoyment out of helping others. It’s not very often that we get to do something locally that can make a difference in the world. I’m glad I’m here to help put together these hygiene kits for those people in need. It makes me feel part of something bigger than myself.”

This is the fourth consecutive year Las Vegas Sands has united its properties to build hygiene kits for Clean the World, and the 2017 build events will bring the total number of hygiene kits created with Las Vegas Sands to 500,000.

This year, LVS funding for the hygiene kit builds will also provide critical support for the Clean the World Foundation to fulfil its mission of propelling the global hygiene revolution. For each kit the company assembles, US$1 will go to the Clean the World Foundation, with US$100,000 in total funding generated from its global kit builds to 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 one component of the company’s long-term support of Clean the World. Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 240 tons of waste from LVS properties into more than 2.1 million bars of soap. Since 2014, LVS has contributed an unprecedented US$1.9 million donation to Clean the World, helping the organisation to double its production of recycled soap and expand service into new areas.

LVS’ partnership with Clean the World is part of the company’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares.