Global Handwashing Day

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October 15 is Global Handwashing Day.

How often do you wash your hands? Do you wash your hands after visiting the loo? Do you wash your hands before eating?

Do you wash your hands after typing on the computer keyboard before having your snacks? Hah! Caught you there didn’t I? We are so used to working on the PC and snacking at the same time, we often forgotten the fact that our keyboard can be very, very DIRTY! And then you just reach for the peanuts and popped them into your mouth! 

You don’t see roaches on your hands but the fact is that our hands are pretty filthy due to the fact that we do things primarily using our hands.

You’d be surprised to know how filthy our hands really are. 

Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to keep our hands clean. 

Washing hands with water alone is not enough. We need to wash our hands with soap.

Fight germs by washing your hands with soap!

Lifebuoy is a Unilever brand and one of the world’s leading germ-protection soap brands.

I need to make sure my hands are clean when I’m preparing food and I make sure Ethan (and Daddy) washes their hands with soap before eating. 

In conjunction with Global Handwashing Day, I pledge to wash my hands with soap before eating via Lifebuoy’s FB page here.

Lifebuoy targets to collect at least 50,000 pledges in total. If this goal is achieved, Lifebuoy will contribute RM10,000 towards improving the toilet facility of selected schools throughout the Klang Valley. But as I can clearly see when I submitted my pledge, there are already over 700,000 pledges! That’s such an achievement!

In tandem with Global Handwashing Day day, more than 400 employees of Unilever (Malaysia) Holdings Sdn Bhd took to the streets on 15 October to encourage as many Malaysians as possible to pledge to always wash their hands with soap before eating. The employees were mobilised to several high-traffic locations throughout Klang Valley including KL Sentral, Hospital Columbia Asia Puchong and selected shopping malls and pledges were made via Lifebuoy’s Facebook page

YB Datuk Rosnah Binti Haji Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Deputy Health Minister, was present at KL Sentral to ‘flag–off’ the Unilever employees. “It is heartening to see corporations contributing to society,” she said. Members of the public who are keen to make a pledge only had to place their signature on the Lifebuoy Pledge Board that were available at each location.

We were at the Curve yesterday when we saw Lifebuoy’s handwashing awareness effort.

Ethan wanted to wash his hands there and then! Awareness achieved!

On another fun note, you can also submit pictures of your child washing their hands:

I submitted Ethan’s pic happily washing his hands.

And when I was browsing through the rest of the photo submission, I saw this:

LoL! I saw Justin Bieber in there too!

That really made my day. I swear I’ll wash my hands every minute from today onwards as I now know JB is a hygiene freak too! Haha…

Now, please excuse me while I go wash my hands with soap… 

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15 Comments + Add Comment

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    I always made it a point that we need to wash my boy’s hands before his meal time and after his poop. My boy just loves the washing, actually more like love playing with water.

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    October 15th, past already leh? Ya…I use Lifebuoy, medicated soap…not as smelly as Dettol.

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      Past oledi lah. Saw them on the streets, in the mall. Correction, Lifebuoy is not as HOSPITAL smell as that D brand :)

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    eeeeee the cockroach pic so disturbing T.T wash hand wash hand!!!!!

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      BASUH.. jangan tak basuh!! :)

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    eeeee the cockroach photo so gerli. People advice to sing twice Happy Birthday song while washing hands. The length of the song been sing twice just ngam ngam to wash your hands clean.

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      Wow! That’s new! We grow old each time we wash our hands! Hahaha.. But it’s a good idea. Will get Ethan to sing while washing so he knows how long to wash :) Tq!

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    Opps I dint know there’s such a day. hehe.
    But I wash my hands very often, especially before putting any food into my mouth. Now that I have Aden, I wash hands even more frequent, especially before handling him and his stuff.

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    I support this day, because it is a good habit to wash our hands and remind our kids to wash their hands before meal, after toilet and after play,

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    OMG, the 1st picture!

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    Can’t imagine my hand full of cockroach.. Better wash it frequent..hmm

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    I love this soap too..

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    Saw Bieber, wash my eyes, with soap, ARGHHHH OUCHHHH! Silent Hill: Revelation review

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    ehhh dam geli sia > . <!!! will wash it until dam clean always

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