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Manila Wa­ter Foundation's 2015 Global Hand­wash­ing Day Cel­e­bra­tion reaches Lu­zon, Visayas & Min­danao

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Over 40,000 in­di­vid­u­als from Lu­zon, Visayas and Min­danao took mat­ters into their hands as they pledged for a cleaner, health­ier and safer life­style and joined Manila Wa­ter Foundation's month­long and na­tion­wide cel­e­bra­tion of the 2015 Global Hand­wash­ing Day (GHD).

Dur­ing the en­tire month of Oc­to­ber, Manila Wa­ter Foundation and its part­ners reached out to stu­dents from 18 schools, res­i­dents from 5 low­in­come com­mu­ni­ties, and in­di­vid­u­als in 8 malls, a world class mu­seum and a theme park all over the coun­try to em­pha­size that hand­wash­ing is an im­por­tant habit that ev­ery­body must prac­tice.

For the past three years, Manila Wa­ter Foundation, the so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity arm of Manila Wa­ter group of com­pa­nies in the Philip­pines, has been sup­port­ing the Global Hand­wash­ing Day through ac­tiv­i­ties that in­clude demon­stra­tions and ac­tual hand­wash­ing, which com­ple­ment their com­mit­ment to ed­u­cate Filipinos of all ages on wa­ter, health and san­i­ta­tion.

"Global Hand­wash­ing Day shouldn't just be cel­e­brated and ob­served once a year. It should be a life­style for all be­cause it's the sim­plest, most cost-ef­fi­cient way to be healthy. We at the Foundation hope that more peo­ple help us spread this im­por­tant ad­vo­cacy." says Manila Wa­ter Foundation's Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Carla May Ber­iña-Kim.

The Global Hand­wash­ing Day events were well sup­ported by lo­cal gov­ern­ment units and in­sti­tu­tions as they also promised to up­hold this year's GHD theme, "Raise a Hand for Hy­giene." They re­in­forced the con­cept of the eas­i­est and most ef­fec­tive way to keep one­self in pink of health, by en­join­ing chil­dren and adults alike to reg­u­larly prac­tice and pro­mote proper hand­wash­ing as part of over­all hy­giene and health.

"I com­mend com­pa­nies that aren't purely com­mer­cial and are so­cially re­spon­si­ble. Thank you Manila Wa­ter in gen­eral and Manila Wa­ter Foundation in par­tic­u­lar for spread­ing ad­vo­ca­cies like proper hand­wash­ing" re­marked Man­daluy­ong Con­gress­man Nep­tali Gonzales.

"This ini­tia­tive is very much wel­come here in Que­zon City as we also ad­vo­cate hand­wash­ing for over­all hy­giene and health. I look for­ward to work­ing with Manila Wa­ter Foundation on other projects and ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to this ad­vo­cacy," said Coun­cilor Eufemio "Ping­goy" Lagum­bay

The month-long and na­tion­wide cel­e­bra­tion of the 2015 Global Hand­wash­ing Day was co­p­re­sented by Unilever and Scholas­tic and spon­sored by Globe, En­chanted King­dom, Ascor­bic Acid Ceelin, Ayala Malls, and Ayala Cine­mas. In­sti­tu­tional part­ners in­clude the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, The Mind Mu­seum, Clark De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Tagum Wa­ter Dis­trict, Tagum City Coun­cil of Women, Ro­tary Club of Tagum Golden L.A.C.E.S., Red Cross Bo­ra­cay-Malay Chap­ter, Bo­ra­cay Is­land Foundation, Inc., Philip­pine Cham­ber of Com­merce and Industry-Bo­ra­cay, Manila Wa­ter, Clark Wa­ter, Cebu Wa­ter, La­guna Wa­ter, Bo­ra­cay Wa­ter, and Healthy Fam­ily. ABS-CBN Pub­lish­ing, Work­ing Mom, Smart Par­ent­ing, Good House­keep­ing, Wish FM 107.5, En­ergy FM 106.7, DZUP 1602 and Yes FM Bo­ra­cay served as me­dia part­ners.

Visit www.face­book.com/Mani­laWater Foundation to learn more about the 2015 Global Hand­wash­ing day or get in touch with Manila Wa­ter Foundation through 917-5900 lo­cal 1025 or foundation@mani­lawater.com.

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