World Toilet Day 2016
SaniGives Fundraising Initiative for Cleaning Attendants
In her welcome address to award recipients and guests at the eighth LOO (Lets 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 www.giving.sg/RestroomAssociation. Giving.sg 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.
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.
World Toilet Day 2015
LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards
A total of 39 LOO Awards recipients were recognised for their commendable achievements with 9 outstanding preschools and 10 schools receiving the award under the Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme (HTPP) and STAR (Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms) Awards Programme respectively for the first time. In his speech, Chief Executive Officer of National Environment Agency (NEA) Mr Ronnie Tay reinterated the importance of educating the younger generation in keeping toilets clean and expressed NEA's strong support for RAS flaghsip educational programmes namely the HTPP and STAR. LOO Awards host and recipient Qihua Primary School was singled out for its strong commitment in advocating clean restrooms. Apart from decorating its restrooms to enhance the user experience, its students also regularly conduct restroom etiquette talks and games for pre-schoolers.
Besides education and school programmes on restroom etiquette, Mr Tay added that different stakeholders had to work together to continuously maintain and raise the cleanliness standards of public toilets - be it government, building owners, building management, business operators, cleaning service providers or cleaning attendants. He cited notable LOO Awards recipients, Housing & Development Board, National Library Board and Transquest Supplies & Co. Pte. Ltd as role models. Mr Tay invited everyone to give a round of applause to 10 outstanding award recipients, the restroom cleaning attendants, for their strong committment and dedication. Each attendant also received $200 worth of grocery vouchers. After the award ceremony, Mr Tay had the opportunity to view the actual preschooler games that were creatively designed by Qihua Primary students. This was followed by a tour of the decorated restrooms which was hosted by the students.
LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnivals
This is the second year RAS has incorporated recognition of restroom attendants in its carnival & exhibition with $2,080 worth of grocery vouchers presented to 52 attendants for tirelessly maintaining the Happy Toilets at 8 shopping malls in Bukit Panjang, Joo Chiat, Jurong West, Queenstown, Taman Jurong, Tampines, Yew Tee and Woodlands. At each mall, an exhibition was set up for a week with games and activities conducted by volunteers during the weekends to educate shoppers to keep Happy Toilets clean so as to lighten the attendants workload.
For the carnival & exhibition organised in Tampines from 15 to 16 June, RAS also worked with St. Hildas Secondary students to organise a tribute lunch session and give out vouchers to the attendants. Owing to donations by kind-hearted souls via the SG Gives web portal, RAS was able to distribute $4,080 worth of vouchers to the attendants including vouchers worth $2,000 presented to the 10 LOO Awards recipients. Banners were displayed at the carnivals & exhibitions to urge the public to donate.
World Toilet Day 2014
LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards
A total of 17 awards recipients including the Best Happy Toilet category which is not open for nominations were invited on the stage to receive the LOO Awards from Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Mr Choi Shing Kwok. In his speech, Mr Choi cited several notable recipeints such as construction firm Unison Construction that not only certified all its construction site toilets as Happy Toilets but also engaged RAS to conduct educational talks and training for their workers and supervisors on site. Educational institutions ITE College East and Unity Primary School were commended by Mr Choi for spearheading an on-going âPositive Action for the Care of Toiletsâ (+ACT) campaign and a âNo-Cleaners Dayâ respectively.
Mr Choi did not forget to credit three awarded restroom attendants whom had tirelessly given their utmost to what was often an unrecognised and unappreciated task. After the awards ceremony, Mr Choi had the opportunity to view educational posters that were creatively designed by students. Educational games were also set up by ITE College East with the World Toilet Organization supporting the event to showcase its overseas projects in countries such as Cambodia and India.
LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnivals
At its LOO Carnivals & Exhibitions this year, RAS incorporated recognition of restroom attendants with close to $2,600 worth of grocery vouchers presented to more than 70 attendants for their strong commitment in maintaining the Happy Toilets. Games were conducted by volunteers to educate the young to keep Happy Toilets clean so as to lighten the attendantsâ workload. In AMK Hub, volunteers also distributed educational tissue packets to patrons to show their kindness to the attendants. Donations contributed by kind-hearted souls via SG Gives web portal were used to purchase grocery vouchers and close to $4,500 worth of vouchers had been distributed in 2014 to more than 100 attendants including the three LOO Awards recipients. Banners were displayed at the carnivals & exhibitions to urge the public to donate selflessly.
The first grocery voucher distribution was done in July at a fund-raising carnival organised by a team of four passionate Dunman High students. In 2008, the son of a restroom attendant wrote to The Straits Times urging for higher wages. He shared that his fatherâs monthly pay of $700 in 1995 was barely enough to support the family and 13 years later in 2008, his basic pay was $750. The plight of many low-income attendants has prompted RAS to actively seek the public to support its noble cause by making a minimum donation of $10 online at SG Gives, a secured charity donation portal and tax deduction is available for all donations.
World Toilet Day 2013
Singapore WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Conference
At the inaugural Singapore WASH Conference held on
World Toilet Day (WTD), 19th November, at the Tampines Regional Library, a WTD observance ceremony was first held with a video screening of
"Where you go, matters" followed by observing a
minute of silence for 2.5 billion people who do not have access to proper sanitation and 1.5 million children who die as
a result of poor sanitation. Prior to presenting the
LOO Awards to the unsung heroes behind clean public toilets,
Guest of Honour, Minister Grace Fu launched the 3rd edition of
A Guide to Better Public Toilet Design and Maintenance. This guide provides qualified persons such as engineers, architects, environmental and facility management professionals with information about good design, maintenance and user education. Design and user-friendly features which can influence better user behaviour were introduced in this latest edition. More comprehensive information on maintenance was also incorporated. The first edition was published in 1999 by the then Ministry of the Environment. The second edition was published in 2002 by RAS, in partnership with the National Environment Agency (NEA).
After the launch,
20 awards were presented
at the LOO Awards ceremony with a record of 10 awards and grocery vouchers presented to restroom cleaning attendants in
recognition of their efforts and professionalism. As its strategic move to evolve as a one-stop solution provider,
RAS also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two partners namely
Nicae Trading & Industrial Supplies that offer
odour reduction solutions and nano-coating technology respectively. Another MOU was also signed in September with
Infinergy Systems Solutions (ISS), an IT partner, to provide innovative solutions such as an electronic feedback system. ISS is the first company to sign an MOU with RAS. RAS has been providing solutions in terms of certification, consultation, education and training since its inception in 1998 but has never looked into product solutions.
The WASH conference, which was organised for building owners and qualified persons, focussed on four themes. On WASH regulations and guidelines, the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) and National Environment Agency (NEA) first shared about their latest regulatory updates followed by RAS on its 3rd edition guide. On WASH planning, the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACES) presented on practical challenges in design and construction of WASH systems while Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) on its WSQ training on Environmental Cleaning. On WASH practices, Environmental Management Association of Singapore (EMAS) provided audience with tips on best practices in environmental management while NEA updated the audience about its Enhanced Clean Mark Accreditation Scheme. Finally on WASH promotion, Lien Aid, World Toilet Organization (WTO) and RAS shared about their community-based programmes and activities that are promoting WASH to the public. RAS wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to the above organisations for not only contributing its expertise but also supporting the WTD.
LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnival
With HDB as the venue sponsor, the LOO Carnival makes its last appearance at the Rivervale Plaza from 18th 24th November after making a stop each week at four shopping malls namely Pasir Ris West Plaza, Dawson Place, Taman Jurong Shopping Centre and Fajar Shopping Centre from 21st October. The message for the LOO Carnival was the same as the key World Toilet Day (WTD) message of "Ignite a SPARK Share, Promote & Adopt Restroom Kindness" which aims to inspire everyone to not only share but also promote and adopt restroom kindness towards the following people:
Exhibitions, games and activities were held for one week at each shopping mall to reach out to shoppers.
Exhibitions were held on weekdays while games and activities were held on weekends. The first
was organised in 2010 at the National Library Building to commemorate WTD and raise public awareness on the right restroom culture. Since 2010, the carnival was held only at one venue with the exception of 2013 which saw the carnival held island wide for the first time, thanks to the strong support of HDB.
- Cleaning attendants
- Fellow users
- 2.5 billion people in the world still without a toilet
World Toilet Day 2012
During the first day of the two-day LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnival & Awards held at IMM, RAS launches LOO Whiz, its first online game developed by Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Interactive & Digital Media students. Gamers will get 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 restroom attendants by acting responsibly.
In this online game, gamers have to use the keyboard to control the movement of the game character LOO Whiz and left click on the mouse to select the right tools to clean up areas either dirtied or vandalised by irresponsible users. Gamers will also need to frequently left click on the mouse to replenish toilet paper due to wastage. From now till 31 March 2013, the top-three gamers with the fastest time will stand to win an Apple iPad, iPad mini and Canon digital camera respectively. Winners will be notified in April 2013. The LOO Whiz is available on our facebook page.
After the launch of LOO Whiz online game, A total of 16 recipients including the Best Happy Toilet category which is not open for nominations were invited on the stage to receive the LOO Awards from Guest of Honour Mr Liak. Same as last year, 57 nominations were received for three categories namely organisation, cleaning industry and individual. There is a substantial increase in the number of nominations from the cleaning Industry from 15 to 37, which is more than double the number of nominations received last year. Similar to the carnival last year, the LOO Awards ceremony was held on the first day of the two-day carnival which took place from 1st to 2nd December.
Exhibitors namely Tav Shield, ESG Asia Pacific, Inter-Lab Products and Rentokil Initial featured innovative restroom products and services. RAS also showcased its exhibition on the different facets of sanitation development in Singapore since the 1960s. Visitors to the carnival got to enjoy a firsthand experience of playing the LOO Whiz and participated in other educational games and activities. The LOO Carnival & Awards is organised to raise public awareness on the right restroom culture and recognise organisations and individuals for their contributions.
World Toilet Day 2011
RAS organised its second LOO Carnival & Awards ceremony. The LOO Awards ceremony was held on the first day of the two-day carnival. 57 nominations were received for three categories organisation, cleaning industry and individual. A total of 16 recipients including the Best Happy Toilet category which is not open for nominations were selected to receive the awards from Guest of Honour Mr Tan at City Square Mall. Mr Tan and our President also launched a new set of educational materials developed by the Public Hygiene Council.
Exhibitors namely Crizto, Rentokil Initial, Tav Shield, Hunwin Enterprises and Inter-Lab Products featured innovative products and services related to the restroom environment. A 4-metre high toilet bowl sculpture was also erected by the World Toilet Organization to raise awareness for the global population of 2.6 billion people who still do not have access to proper sanitation. RAS also showcased its exhibition on the different facets of sanitation development in Singapore since the 1960s. The LOO Carnival & Awards is organised to raise public awareness on the right restroom culture and recognise organisations and individuals for their contributions.
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World Toilet Day 2010
RAS organised its first three-day carnival from 3rd to 5th December in conjunction with its LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony which was held for the first time last year. A total of 40 nominations were received and 21 recipients were selected to receive the awards from Guest-of-Honour Dr Amy Khor, Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources at the National Library Building. The 21 recipients also included five recipients under a new Best Happy Toilet category namely the best coffeeshop, hawker centre, foodcourt, shopping centre and Happy Toilet of the Year 2010.
The awards ceremony was held on the first day of the carnival. At the carnival, partners and sponsors namely the NEA, PUB, Singapore Cancer Society, WDA, WTO, Rentokil Initial, Qool Enviro and Northern Ecotech featured products and services related to the restroom environment. RAS also showcased its mobile exhibition - RAS Learning Pavilion - on the different facets of sanitation development in Singapore since the 1960s. Visitors to the carnival also attended talks and participated in educational games and activities such as the Loo Quest, a restroom-etiquette version of snakes and ladders.
World Toilet Day 2009
The 15 recipients' names of our inaugural LOO Awards were announced at a media conference held in a Koufu's - one of the award recipients - coffeeshop namely the Ang Mo Kio VariNice Eating House for the first time.
After the media conference, RAS conducted a hand-washing exercise, a joint initiative sponsored by Initial Hygiene, for the stall holders and staff of VariNice Eating House. Everyone present was invited to join in the exercise. Mr Wan Chong Hock, the Chief Executive Officer of Ang Mo Kio - Yio Chu Kang Town Council was also at the event to present the 4-Star Happy Toilet certification to Ang Mo Kio VariNice Eating House. This coffeeshop toilet is also the first 4-Star Happy Toilet in the Central Singapore district.
World Toilet Day 2008
RAS launched the LOO - Let's Observe Ourselves - campaign at the Singapore Zoological Gardens to achieve its 2010 goal of sprucing up 70% of local public toilets to a minimum 3-star Happy Toilet rating. More than 150 guests from our participating organisations, partners, supporters, sponsors and school representatives including journalists from various media attended this milestone event.
The Guest-of-Honour, Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Water Resources witnessed our President and representatives from our participating organisations, partners, supporters and sponsors signed a LOO Pledge. After the LOO Pledge, RAS took the opportunity to introduce its pioneer batch of Eco-Assessors at a photo-taking session with Dr. Khor.
World Toilet Day 2007
In collaboration with a group of SMU undergraduates, the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) celebrated World Toilet Day 2007 on 19 November by paying tribute to "Toilet Cleaners- The Unsung Heroes".
Spun off from a Community Service Project initiated by a group of SMU students, the appreciation event was specially held for SMU's toilet cleaners from A & P Maintenance Services Pte. Ltd to commemorate this day. Highlights of the event include a montage made by SMU students in tribute to the toilet cleaners and a plaque presentation to SMU's toilet cleaners.
World Toilet Day 2006
19th November is World Toilet Day.
As a founding member of the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), RAS participated in the World Toilet Day (WTD) Celebrations 2006 organised by WTO.
In fulfillment of this year's WTD theme - "Youth for Public Health", Chong Boon Secondary School jointly partnered RAS to produce a video about the local toilet culture and how it has evolved over the years.