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Colgate Palmolive joins relief effort

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, December 22, 2012

COLGATE Palmolive (Fiji) Limited has joined hands with other organisations to assist those affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

The company has given personal hygiene and home-care products consisting of Pacific laundry bars, Protex soap, Lime Fresh soap, Fabuluso cleaners, Colgate toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Worth about $40,000, the gift was given to the Disaster Management Committee on Thursday.

In a statement, Colgate Palmolive said the gift had further solidified the company's continued support and commitment to the benefit of the affected families in this time of need.

While the company's general manager Nicholas Ryan and his team sympathised with those affected by the cyclone, they were hopeful their gift would provide some form of relief and aid in the recovery process.

"It is our pleasure and we are happy to assist," said Mr Ryan. The company also said that as part of its community hand-washing program "Clean Hands Good Health", there was no better time like now to remind Fiji citizens to exercise good hygiene practices.

"It is most critical for everyone to always wash hands with soap and water as well as to boil all drinking water," the company said.

"Such basic acts can help save lives by preventing an outbreak of water-borne diseases which are quite prevalent in the event of flooding. According to Fiji Ministry of Health statistics, about 50 people in the Western Division alone contracted water-related diseases after the January-February flooding in Fiji.

"Hence, Colgate Palmolive hopes that through its donation, we can all work together to help combat any increase in the number of such occurrences during this critical time for Fiji," said the company.





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