Around 260 volunteers in Macao create much-needed hygiene kits to give to people in need
(Macao, Dec. 13, 2016) – Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) on Tuesday completed its worldwide volunteer effort to build 100,000 hygiene kits this year for social enterprise Clean the World to help improve the health and well-being of populations in need. Kits assembled today by Sands China Ltd. and community volunteers at The Venetian® Macao 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 at LVS’ properties in Macao, Singapore, Bethlehem and Las Vegas between July and December in 2016. The effort is part of LVS’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares, and its ongoing partnership with Clean the World to support its mission of promoting good health and well-being around the globe through improved access to soap and hygiene education. This is the third consecutive year Las Vegas Sands has built hygiene kits for Clean the World, and the 2016 build events will bring the total number of hygiene kits created with Las Vegas Sands to 400,000.
“Our series of hygiene kit builds over the past three years have helped protect thousands of vulnerable people around the world from hygiene-related illnesses and death, while promoting a sense of well-being and dignity,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs at Las Vegas Sands. “It’s united our team members with volunteers in our local communities to support a truly remarkable mission.”
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 190 tons of waste from LVS properties into more than 1.6 million bars of soap. In 2014, LVS announced an unprecedented $1 million donation to Clean the World, helping the organization to double its production of recycled soap and expand service into new areas.
Shawn Seipler, founder and executive director of Clean the World, said: “Las Vegas Sands has been an incredible partner for Clean the World, and the annual hygiene kit build shows the deep commitment the company and its employees make to our mission. We’re so grateful to the company and community volunteers for the generous gifts of their time, enthusiasm and hard work to help those in need.”
Each hygiene kit includes soap collected from Clean the World’s hospitality partners, including LVS properties around the world, and then recycled through Clean the World’s soap sterilization and re-manufacturing process. Other amenities in the kit include shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Winnie Wong, vice president of corporate communications and community affairs for Venetian Macau Limited, said: “Sands China is pleased to be working together with volunteers from the Macao community again this year on this worldwide initiative. Our hotels have had great success working with Clean the World to recycle soaps for its important hygiene effort, and Sands China is glad to again be a part of this year’s global build with Las Vegas Sands.”
The success of last year’s event is what brought one volunteer back to support this year’s build: “I find that I’m happiest when I’m helping others, and I believe that building these hygiene kits for Clean the World is an important service to my fellow man. And knowing that there are other volunteers around the world that have worked on this too – that gives it even more meaning, thinking about so many people working together on this.”
A total of eight local Macao community associations joined Sands China team members in Tuesday’s hygiene kit build at The Venetian Macao: the Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macao (ARTM), the Women’s General Association of Macau, Macau Special Olympics, Fuhong Society of Macau, Centro Pastoral da Areia Preta – Community Service, Centro de Dia da Ilha Verde, Richmond Fellowship of Macau, and the Salvation Army.
LVS’ partnership with Clean the World is part of the company’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. Announced in April 2014, Sands Cares manifests the company’s core corporate social responsibility focus: supporting people in the company and the hospitality industry, making local communities where LVS operates a better place to live and reducing environmental impact on the planet. Sands Cares provides a cohesive approach to corporate and property-level giving and support in local communities where LVS operates to address the most pressing issues. For more information about Sands Cares and key initiatives, please visit www.sandscares.sands.com.
Photo caption: Members of the Macao community have a fun time building hygiene kits together at The Venetian Macao Tuesday for the Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World.
About Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the world's leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity chef restaurants and many other amenities.
Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd. (HK: 1928), LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central, The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.
LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for over 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate citizenship program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com, as well as the Sands Confidential blog.
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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 upcoming 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).
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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. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and microlending to make hand washing and local soap purchases a lifelong habit in developing regions. Through its hygiene kit program, Clean the World provides personal care items to relief organizations throughout North America. Since 2009, more than 36 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries. For more information: http://www.cleantheworld.org.
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