October 15 is Global Handwashing Day

Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in over 100 countries take part in celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day. Once again, SC Johnson Professional is heavily involved in this day of advocacy, which promotes handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

First held in 2008, Global Handwashing Day is designed to support a global and local handwashing culture, shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world, and raise awareness about the benefits of the practice. The day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organisations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.

This year’s theme – “Clean hands – a recipe for health” focuses on the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition. To be effective, hand hygiene needs to occur regularly at key times, such as after using the washroom or before contact with food.

SC Johnson Professional is encouraging primary schools in Canada to inspire their students to become ‘Hand Washing Champions’, with activities and lessons aimed at making the hand washing procedure at school fun, engaging, and memorable.

Throughout the next few months, Deb is be running a national ‘Happy Hands Contest". Students will be encouraged to design their own soap dispensers and enter their creations into a competition.