Raise your hand for Global Handwashing Day

13th October 2015

On Thursday October 15th, we’re celebrating Global Handwashing Day.

Global Handwashing Day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap - an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and ultimately save lives.

On Thursday October 15th, we’re celebrating Global Handwashing Day.

Global Handwashing Day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap – an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and ultimately save lives.

It’s also an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. This is what Raleigh volunteers are continuing to achieve, working alongside rural communities around the world.

They are working tirelessly to raise awareness of this crucial issue, whilst providing communities with sustainable handwashing units known as ‘Tippy Taps’. In 2014 alone Raleigh volunteers organised 371 health and hygiene awareness raising events. They also built an incredible 745 Tippy Taps.

So, how does a Tippy Tap work?

What better way to explain than to enlist the help of one of the most interesting people on Earth? Not for long, however. Proud Raleigh alumnus, Tim Peake, will become Britain’s first ESA astronaut when he launches into Space on December 15th. He will be living and working on the International Space Station for six months. We recently showed Tim how to use a Tippy Tap, and exchanged knowledge about effective handwashing methods on Earth and in Space.

Happy handwashing!

With only two months until his mission commences, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter channels for updates and more great footage from our recent catch up with Tim.