ACI has partnered with Orlando-based Clean the World for several years, including several hygiene-kit builds during past ACI Conventions. Starting in 2018, Clean the World will also benefit from the popular Charity Duck Race during ACI’s Convention Week, as well as the annual Golf Tournament. The Hygiene Kit Build will also return for the sixth consecutive year.
“ACI always places a high priority on programs and partnerships that help provide better living for individuals, families and communities,” said Melissa Hockstad, ACI president & CEO. “ACI and our member companies are proud to support Clean the World, which puts soaps and other hygiene products in the hands of families and communities who are in great need.”
Clean the World Foundation is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste. Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished individuals, Clean the World prevents millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, reduces the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illness, and encourages vigorous childhood development. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 41 million bars of soap to children and families in 118 countries worldwide, while fulfilling an environmental mission by diverting 15.4 million pounds of hotel waste from polluting landfills in North America.
“We are deeply honored to be the charity of choice for ACI’s convention this year. Clean the World is committed to eradicating the needless hygiene-related deaths of children under the age of five through our soap recycling and hygiene education programs,” says Sam Stephens, executive director, Clean the World Foundation. “We cannot do this without the support of our partners. The money raised from this convention will allow us to expand our outcome-based programs so we can serve more children around the country.”
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