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RAS unveils plans for SaniGives


In her welcome address to award recipients and guests at the eighth LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony, RAS President Ms Tan unveils plans of introducing a fundraising initiative called SaniGives for cleaning attendants. This is after studying its latest online survey results of 230 respondents with SurveyMonkey. According to the survey results, 8 in 10 respondents expressed their support for fund raising campaigns for cleaning attendants while 6 in 10 respondents expressed their intent of buying toiletries from companies raising funds for cleaning attendants. This was followed by 3 in 10 respondents as undecided buyers with only 1 in 10 respondents not buying them. Under the SaniGives initiative, RAS plans to partner with sanitary-product companies to raise funds for cleaning attendants.


Companies can decide on the amount to be donated to RAS for every purchase made by consumers. Companies also have the option of offering attractive discounts to public individuals who have donated to RAS. Both companies and public donors can receive tax deductions for all donations made to RAS. Public individuals can donate to RAS by making a minimum donation of $10 online via a secured charity donation portal at is a secured charity donation portal created and powered by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). Donations will be used to purchase grocery vouchers and organise appreciation activities such as tribute lunches for cleaning attendants. Grocery vouchers were also presented to winning cleaning attendants at the LOO Awards. Since 2014, more than 150 cleaning attendants have since benefited from public donations.


RAS gives out 47 awards at the eighth LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Awards


On 17th November, a total of 47 LOO Awards recipients were recognised for their commendable achievements including 6 Platinum STAR and 20 Gold STAR schools awarded under the STAR (Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms) Awards Programme. In her speech, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Amy Khor said it was imperative to set higher standards and expressed her delight about RAS’ proactive collaboration with its partners, such as Adsec Global, Convergent Smart Technologies, Infinergy Systems, as well as Viso to promote smart toilet technologies. Prior to making her speech, Dr Khor had a firsthand experience of the smart technologies when she visited the display booths. In addition to the above RAS partners, Adkel Solutions and Universal Sovereign were also present to showcase their products to Dr Khor and visiting guests.


After touring the exhibition booths, Dr Khor also went on a tour of the decorated restrooms which was hosted by the students from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace (OLQP). Apart from clinching the highest accolade of the Platinum STAR award for achieving the Gold STAR in three consecutive years, a student of CHIJ OLQP, Ms Nandini Nair, also clinched the LOO Kidz award which was newly introduced to recognise primary school students demonstrating exceptional leadership and passion. The LOO Awards ended on a high note owing to the great hospitality and commitment of CHIJ OLQP and we wish to express our deepest appreciation to its Principal Mrs Tan and her staff for their support.


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RAS shares its key initiatives with delegates at the World Toilet Summit & Expo (WTSE) 2016

The RAS was invited by the World Toilet Organization to its WTSE 2016 held in Kuching as one of the panellists for its panel discussion on overcoming challenges on the ground. Joining RAS were toilet associations from Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan. RAS shared about its flagship public toilet rating programme - Happy Toilet Programme which is similarly replicated and implemented in Kuching. RAS also shared its success story of actively engaging all stakeholders including government agencies to raise toilet standards and its partnerships with companies on smart toilet technologies to overcome manpower constraints in Singapore. The Kuching WTSE attracted about 600 delegates worldwide including many Malaysian government officials.


The RAS played its part as a local partner of the Singapore WTSE in 2009 and supported the Philadelphia WTSE in the following year, to share about its close partnership with the government agencies which included working with the National Environment Agency on a revised guideline of providing more female toilets. Since the inception of the World Toilet Summit in 2001, the summit had been successfully held at major cities worldwide such as Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, Belfast, Moscow, New Delhi, Macau, Hainan, Philadelphia and Solo, reaching out to a total of about 10,000 delegates.


RAS supports Clean & Green Singapore (CGS) Carnival

After the CGS Carnival, which was opened to the public, ended on 6th November, preschools and schools were invited to the carnival the following day on Monday with special stage performance and activities educating them on tips of going green and keeping the toilets and public areas clean. Visiting preschoolers and students also got to visit one of the exhibition booths about public toilet hygiene with our Happy Toilet Programme logo display. RAS was invited by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to set up an activity booth for visiting teachers, parents and preschoolers. RAS partnered with Adsec Global and Universal Sovereign to set up the booth with Adsec Global showcasing its product and bacteria-count learning experience with teachers while RAS conducting the educational game activity for preschoolers.        


Preschoolers were presented with tissue packets and tokens, which were sponsored by Universal Sovereign, for successfully completing the game. The popularity of the game saw more than 100 preschoolers visiting our booth, setting a record of more than 10 preschoolers playing the game at the same time. For the first time, the CGS Schools' (CGSS) Carnival was held at the same site of the CGS Carnival to better reach out the preschool and school communities. The CGSS carnivals had been mostly held at educational institutions such as Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Colleges for the past few years.



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