Sands China Assembles 40,000 Hygiene Kits for Clean the World
Dec 15, 2019

-Around 350 volunteers from company and community groups create hygiene kits for people in need
-Company's 6th consecutive year of participation

MACAO, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A total of around 350 volunteers from Sands China Ltd. and local community groups worked together Friday at The Venetian® Macao to build 40,000 of the 100,000 total hygiene kits of the Las Vegas Sands 2019 Global Disaster Relief & Community Preparedness Event with Clean the World. It is the sixth year in a row for Sands China to participate in the hygiene kit build.

The community event is an annual worldwide volunteer effort of Sands China's parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS). It helps international social enterprise Clean the World to provide hygiene supplies that are essential for good health and preventing the spread of disease to populations in need around the globe. Emergency response hygiene kits are distributed to assist with on-the-ground, immediate needs in times of crisis and disaster.

The 40,000 kits assembled on Friday will benefit global charity Children International, who will deliver the kits to families in need in the Philippines.

Sands China's volunteer event is part of a series of LVS hygiene kit builds from July to December 2019 at LVS properties around the world: Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; The Venetian in Las Vegas; and The Venetian Macao. The initiative is part of LVS' global corporate citizenship programme, Sands Cares, and its ongoing partnership with Clean the World.

On Friday, volunteers met at The Venetian Macao to assemble the 40,000 hygiene kits. About 290 of them were Sands China team members, including Sands Cares Ambassadors, and another 60 or so volunteers came from three local associations: the Women's General Association of Macau, Greenfuture Macau, and the Noah Family Mutual Aid Association.

Once complete, the hygiene kits contain soap collected from Clean the World's hospitality partners, including LVS properties around the world, and recycled through Clean the World's soap sterilization and re-manufacturing process. The kits also contain face towels donated by Linyi Standard Textile Trading Co., Ltd., dental kit sets donated by Ming Fai Enterprise International Co., Ltd., shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, washcloths, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a card with an encouraging message from Sands China and Clean the World – all of which are placed into a non-woven bag.

"In what has now become an annual tradition for us here in Macao, Sands China is more than pleased to again contribute to this very meaningful initiative from LVS and Clean the World," said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. "Caring for the community is an essential aspect of good citizenship – both personal and corporate. We are very grateful for the local community groups who joined us this year to help extend that circle of care beyond Macao to our neighbours in the region by offering the hygiene kits."

Shawn Seipler, chief executive officer of Clean the World, said: "This annual event with Sands is one of the hallmarks of our relationship. From the beginning, Sands recognised the potential for business to serve the communities around them. We are so grateful for the yearly impact that we make and are excited for the future we can create together."

Sands China was the first integrated operator to launch such an event in Macao, which supports LVS' annual global corporate social responsibility initiative. Including this year's event, Las Vegas Sands will have created nearly 660,000 kits to date, with Sands China contributing 240,000 of those.

The LVS annual hygiene kit build provides critical funding support for Clean the World to propel its global mission – LVS contributes US$1 to the Clean the World Foundation for each assembled kit. The US$100,000 donation generated from this year's global kit build will help drive the foundation's mission in two key areas: ongoing hygiene education and disaster response.

The annual Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build is an element of the company's long-term partnership with Clean the World to simultaneously help people through improved hygiene access and protect the planet by diverting waste from landfills. Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled nearly 240 tons of waste from LVS properties into more than 1.9 million bars of soap. In addition, LVS has donated more than US$2 million to Clean the World since 2014, which has helped the organisation double its production of recycled soap and expand service into new areas.

About Sands China Ltd.

Sands China Ltd. (Sands China or the Company) is incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx: 1928). Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company's integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip comprise The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao – with Sands Cotai Central to be reintroduced as The Londoner Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company's portfolio features 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, the Sands Cotai Theatre and the Sands 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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Sands Cares

A firm believer in the importance of corporate social responsibility, Sands China Ltd. engages with the local Macao community as a part of Sands Cares – the charitable giving programme of parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp. Sands Cares integrates the company's philanthropic work worldwide in four key areas: financial giving, community problem solving and collaboration, in-kind donations, and team member volunteerism.

Key areas of Sands Cares in Macao include the Sands Cares Ambassador programme for volunteering in the local community; charitable contributions to NGOs and community organisations; and sponsorship of community events.

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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. Clean the World operates soap recycling centres in Orlando, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Netherlands, and Punta Cana and leads a "Global Hygiene Revolution" to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 8,000 hotel and resort partners. The organization benefits children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, Clean the World's foundation has distributed more than 50 million bars of soap in 127 countries and has served over 10 million individuals through its soap distribution and WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) education programs. In addition, the enterprise has sent more than 5 million Hygiene Kits to emergency and homeless shelters in the US. More information:

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Source: Sands China Ltd.