With Global Hand Wash Day this week (15 October, 2014) and the diarrhoea season coming up (November to May), the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Health office is on hygiene alert. As water is a scarce resource for many South Africans, practising cleanliness is a luxury especially when there is limited access to clean running water.
Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributer of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) in partnership with The City of Cape Town, is helping to combat the risk of illness as a result of the lack of sanitation, by donating approximately 4 000 of the 2 litre plastic bottles to be distributed to crèches, clinics and informal settlements in Mitchells Plain, Phillipi, Phillipi East, Browns Farm and Crossroads areas.
The bottles are being transformed into mobile hand wash units which can be squeezed, then water pours out from a long tube giving community’s access to clean water and creating awareness about hygiene issues.
Corporate Communications Manager, Denise Green, comments, “Diarrhoea as a result of the lack of hygiene is a worrying issue in local communities and settlements. We are thrilled we are able to help by donating the bottles which are used to educate communities about the importance of keeping their hands clean, which in turn helps prevent the spread of diseases.”
This initiative forms part of PenBev’s community programmes which assist in uplifting the communities in which they operate in.
For more information about PenBev contact 021-936-5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za. Join PenBev’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PenBev
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