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Las Vegas Sands and Sands China build 200,000 hygiene kits for Clean the World

More than 4,000 volunteers in Singapore, Macao, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas work around the clock and across the globe Saturday to deliver much-needed hygiene supplies to people in need.

MACAO – Sands China Ltd. joined Las Vegas Sands Corp. and international social enterprise Clean the World to complete an unprecedented 24-hour global volunteer effort Saturday, Sept. 26, building 200,000 hygiene kits to be distributed to populations in need worldwide, including in Macao.

More than 4,000 LVS team members and community volunteers participated in the Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World – which was both organisations’ largest volunteer effort to date, resulting in the most kits ever built for Clean the World at one time. The build was held at LVS’ Singapore, Macao, Bethlehem and Las Vegas properties sequentially and all within a 24-hour period on Saturday. It all began at Marina Bay Sands, LVS’ property in Singapore , at 9 a.m. local time and culminated at 6 p.m. local time in Las Vegas. The effort was part of LVS’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares, and its ongoing partnership with Clean the World.

“Through this ambitious global Sands Cares event, we are helping hundreds of thousands of people without access to hygiene supplies to help them stay healthy,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of corporate communications at LVS. “Today showed the amazing impact people can have by uniting around a single mission.”

More than 1,500 Sands China team members and volunteers from the Macao community worked together at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo 2-9 p.m. Saturday to assemble 75,000 kits, supporting the global effort spearheaded by Sands China’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Ming Fai Group was supporting entity for the Macao build.

Knowing that he was part of a global effort is what made the event special for one of the volunteers: “I really feel I’m part of something bigger than myself today. It’s not often that we get the chance to do something locally that can impact people around the world. I’m glad I’m here to help put together these hygiene kits for people in need – here in Macao and around the world.”

Winnie Wong, Vice President of corporate communications and community affairs for Venetian Macau Limited, said: “It is a pleasure for Sands China to work together with volunteers from throughout the Macao community to build these hygiene kits today. Clean the World is a wonderful organisation to work with, and Sands China is pleased to be doing our part to support this important global initiative of Las Vegas Sands.”

A total of 14 associations joined Sands China team members in the hygiene kit build Saturday at The Venetian Macao: Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau , Young Men’s Christian Association of Macau, Macau Special Olympics, Kinwa Family Service Centre of the Social Service Division of the Methodist, Caritas Macau, Macau Deaf Association, Macau Association for the Parents of the Mentally Handicapped, Fuhong Society of Macau, Macau Youth Volunteer Association, Richmond Fellowship of Macau, Shiu Pong College of the University of Macau, Macau Green Student Union, Green Future, and Rotary Club of Macau.

Each hygiene kit contains soap and other hygiene items collected from Clean the World’s hospitality partners, including LVS properties globally, such as Sands China’s integrated resorts in Macao. Soap is recycled through Clean the World’s sanitation and processing equipment and packed with other amenities, such as shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush and toothpaste, to form individual personal care kits.

The global event was underwritten by LVS and also received support from Sysco and Ming Fai Group. LVS and Clean the World have a strong partnership built upon a collective commitment to help people in need while protecting the planet. Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 50 tons of waste from LVS properties worldwide into more than 550,000 bars of soap.

Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO of Clean the World, said: “Today’s accomplishment illustrates the collective commitment of Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World to make our world healthier through sustainable solutions that address and solve social ills. A global build of this magnitude makes far-reaching impact, providing reclaimed hygiene supplies to people and places we normally can’t reach – a win for people and a win for the planet.”

LVS’ partnership with Clean the World is part of the company’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. Announced in April 2014, Sands Cares manifests the company’s core corporate social responsibility focus: supporting people in the company and the hospitality industry, making local communities where LVS operates a better place to live, and reducing environmental impact on the planet. Sands Cares unites corporate and property-level giving in communities where LVS operates to address the most pressing issues in local communities and make them better places to live.

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