Yes, there is actually a Global Handwashing Day — take a quiz to help UNICEF


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In honor of the fifth anniversary of Global Handwashing Day, Kimberly-Clark and the Healthy Workplace Project have announced a 30-day challenge that will end with a $25,000 donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of a UNICEF Global Handwashing initiative. The goal: raise awareness of hygiene-related health challenges facing world communities.

Starting Oct. 15 and running until Nov. 15, the Global Handwashing Day Challenge is encouraging you to take a three-question quiz that will test your knowledge of health and hygiene issues. All you have to do is participate — it doesn’t matter if you answer incorrectly — to choose one of three UNICEF projects to benefit from the donation. After the challenge ends, $25,000 will be donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of the project that receives the most votes.

"Instilling the habit of hand-washing is crucial to help prevent the transmission of many pathogens," said John Adams , Kimberly-Clark professional global platform leader for the Healthy Workplace Project. "Kimberly-Clark and the Healthy Workplace Project are proud to partner with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support Global Handwashing Day and its efforts to improve the health of children and families across the world."

The three UNICEF initiatives are:

  • Bringing clean water kits to families in emergencies: This project provides families with supplies to access clean water for eating, drinking and washing to protect them from waterborne illnesses.
  • Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in Haiti's schools: UNICEF provides access to safe drinking water and supplies latrines with hand-washing facilities.
  • Improving community hygiene in Africa: This program improves community understanding of and promotes proper hygiene and sanitation practices, including hand-washing with soap, the use and management of sanitation facilities, and drinking safe water.


In addition, Kimberly-Clark Professional is calling all office workers to take the pledge to "wash, wipe and sanitize" hands and surfaces to break the chain of germ transmission during flu season. These three steps can reduce your chances of catching a cold or the flu by as much as 80%.

The Healthy Workplace Project is a Kimberly-Clark Professional global initiative that helps workers understand, eliminate and prevent the spread of cold and flu germs throughout their offices.