Deb Supports Global Handwashing Day on October 15th, 2017

With more than 200 million people taking part in over 100 countries, Global Handwashing Day puts a worldwide focus on the importance of hand washing.  It is celebrated annually on October 15th and is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding - it promotes handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to stop the spread of germs and infections. This year the theme is Our hands, our future! This theme reminds us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. 

Deb is once again supporting this initiative. This year our campaign is focusing on Primary Schools and encouraging students to become Hand Washing Champions. It is an opportunity to engage with students creatively and help them to understand why, when and how to wash their hands with soap and water.

Throughout the next few months, Deb is be running it's 2nd annual ‘Happy Hands Contest". Students will be encouraged to design their own soap dispensers and enter their creations into a competition. The winning student design will be announced in early 2018 and will receive a prize. Furthermore, the winning design will be reproduced on a custom dispenser, which Deb will supply to the school free of charge across all their washrooms.

“Global Handwashing Day is a fantastic opportunity for people around the world to come together in celebration and support of better hand hygiene,” said Patrick Boshell, Marketing Director at Deb. “We are thrilled to be working with schools in Canada, and support their efforts to make handwashing a daily routine for their students. Encouraging children from an early age and getting them into the habit of washing their hands as part of their school day will help ensure that this practice becomes part of their lifelong routine.”

Deb is working towards behaviour change in schools with a range of brightly coloured and attractive soap dispensers, which are designed to help engage children in the hand washing process. Dispensing systems are more hygienic, economical and environmentally-friendly than bar soap or bulk fill systems, and easy to operate for children.

In addition to dispensers and a comprehensive range of skin care products, Deb also provides schools with a range of training and educational materials to ensure hand hygiene compliance is adhered to in educational institutions around the country.

To download Global Hand Washing Day materials, please visit