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RAS launches SaniGives: Buy ∙ Give ∙ Help

On 17th November at the ninth LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony, RAS launched SaniGives which literally means “Giving for Sanitation”. It is a holistic initiative to raise public awareness about showing kindness and recognition towards fellow cleaning attendants. Under the holistic SaniGives initiative, individuals can be SaniGivers to:

 

       Buy products and services from fundraising partners

       Give donations to fund appreciation activities

       Help volunteer in appreciation activities

 

The SaniGives tagline, "Buy Give Help", urges all individuals to be SaniGivers to take some or all of the above actions. They can choose to BUY products from RAS partners, which will either make a donation to the RAS, for every purchase made by the individuals, and/or give discounts to RAS donors and volunteers. SaniGivers can visit www.giving.sg/RestroomAssociation to GIVE donations to the RAS. They also have the option to either HELP to volunteer in any upcoming appreciation activities organised by the RAS or involve their friends to organise appreciation activities on their preferred dates. The public can visit www.toilet.org.sg/sanigives for more details or download the LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Whiz restroom-cleaning mobile game from Apple App Store or Google Play Store and browse for more information about SaniGives from the game’s menu.

 

RAS gives out 42 awards at the ninth LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Awards

 

On 17th November in commemoration of World Toilet Day, the LOO Awards was held at Our Tampines Hub to recognise 42 exemplary LOO Awards recipients comprising organisations and individuals. This included 1 Platinum preschool under the Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme, 6 Platinum STAR and 20 Gold STAR schools awarded under the STAR (Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms) Awards Programme. In his speech, North East District Mayor Desmond Choo strongly commended the outstanding achievements of the award recipients and singled out 66 year-old Madam Yu Lee Wah from Springmount Services for her learning spirit. She has 24 years of cleaning experience and given her age, this did not deter her from completing four WSQ environmental cleaning modules including washroom cleaning less than a year ago!

 

After making his speech, Mayor Choo had a firsthand experience of the LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Whiz restroom-cleaning mobile game. This was followed by a tour of the exhibition booths of Adkel Solutions, Adsec Global, Aeora Lab, TOTO Asia Oceania, Viso and World Toilet Organization. The bidet easy washer from Adkel Solutions can be easily installed to existing toilet bowls. Adsec Global offers its ozone water anti-bacteria products which can be effectively used for washing of hands, laundries and vegetables. Toilet users who wish to eliminate their own embarrassing odours can try the pocket-friendly product offered by Aeora Lab. New home buyers and owners who are considering a makeover for their existing bathrooms can approach TOTO Asia Oceania for their wide range state-of-the-art sanitary wares such as their suite collections. Better air quality at home without the unwanted noise can be achieved with innovative silent air purifiers from Viso. Finally, let’s not forget about World Toilet Day which was first initiated by the World Toilet Organization on 19th November 2001 and offically declared by the United Nations in 2013.

 

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RAS presents vouchers to cleaning attendants at Our Tampines Hub

Apart from holding the LOO Awards on 17th November, RAS extended its outreach to the public about SaniGives over the weekend from 18th to 19th November. RAS is heartened to have the first batch of SaniGivers from the Victoria Junior College Interact Club (VJCIC) to help in outreach activities to educate the public about showing kindness and recognition to cleaning attendants. The VJCIC SaniGivers undertook different roles on a rotational basis as follows:

  • Conducting an educational game for the young
  • Educating the young during colouring activities
  • Ushering and distributing brochures to generate traffic
  • Guiding the public to play the LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Whiz game
  • Taking photos

 

Both days saw a total of 59 cleaning attendants presented with a total $2,360 worth of vouchers with each of them receiving $40 worth of vouchers. The vouchers were purchased from donations made to the RAS. Excluding attendants from Our Tampines Hub, attendants from nearby shopping malls namely Elias Mall, Tampines 1 and Tampines Community Complex were also presented with the grocery vouchers. At the LOO Awards, another $2,000 worth of vouchers were presented to 10 cleaning attendants, who each received $200 worth of grocery vouchers and a plaque, for their strong commitment in maintaining quality restrooms.

 

RAS launches LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Whiz mobile version

In its bid to raise public awareness about SaniGives, the RAS collaborated with the Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Interactive & Digital Media to develop the mobile version of LOO Whiz. The LOO Whiz is a restroom-cleaning game for gamers to experience the demanding work of a restroom attendant due to poor user behaviour. The purpose of the game is to educate the public to better appreciate the efforts of the attendants by acting responsibly. The game is now available for download at Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

 

Gamers have to tap on the screen of the mobile devices to control the movement of the game character LOO Whiz and tap on the screen to select the right tools namely the mop, cloth and broom to clean up areas either dirtied or vandalised by irresponsible users. Gamers will also need to frequently replenish toilet paper due to wastage. The PC version of the game was first developed and launched in 2012 at the LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Carnival & Awards held at IMM. The PC version is available on the RAS Facebook page.

 

 

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