Recently Dettol Pakistan makes Guinness World Record for most participants in a hand washing relay race. The event was held at Metro Cash & Carry in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi where 1636 students from various local schools participated enthusiastically. The previous record was made by India, with 1400 participants in 2015.
One of the things Guinness was concerned about was to ensure that the 8 steps of hand washing are followed. Dettol during the activity taught the participants these 8 steps of hand washing. Also, to validate the activity dettol had third party witnesses and volunteers. According to Guinness requirements no witness could stay longer than 4 hours. The entire activity went on for about 10 hours.
According to an estimate by UK based global charity, Water Aid, in Pakistan around 25 million people defecate openly leading to lack of water and sanitation. Also, according to a report by World Health Organization (WHO) in Pakistan 46% population does not have a hand washing facility at their homes.
Every 10 minutes in Pakistan, 1 child dies of diarrhea. The simple act of hand washing can change this. According to an estimate by UK based global charity, WaterAid, in Pakistan around 25 million people defecate openly leading to lack of water and sanitation.
Momal Sheikh, Nadia Hussain and Sarwat Gillani were also present at the event. Dettol’s successful achievement of the Guinness World Record is meant to draw attention to the importance of hand washing. Here is the official announcement by Guinness World Record.
In light of Ronak Lakhani’s selfless services to differently-abled persons, the government has honored her with Sitara-e-Imtiaz. This achievement is the Third highest award given to any civilian in the country based on one’s extraordinary achievement.
She is one of the pioneers when it comes to social causes, she has dedicated most of her life in serving the humanity and she is the best candidate for this prestigious award. Ronak Lakhani has been the force behind Special Olympics Pakistan, in transforming the lives of people with Intellectual Disabilities bringing them into the mainstream society through Inclusion and ‘Power of Sports’.
Ms Lakhani shares “I have been volunteering with SOP since 1990 .I am really honored for being awarded with this Sitara-e-Imtiaz and I am committed to continue my services to take this movement to the next level.This recognition was only possible with the efforts of my passionate team members”.
Special Olympics Pakistan organizes sports activities, and competitions in all four provinces throughout the year for all ages of 8 years and above.SOP offers training and competitions in Olympics- type sports such as.Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Badminton ,Bocce, Cycling, Football, Powerlifting, Table tennis, Tennis, Cricket. SOP also offers heath screenings and conducts Unified Sports.SOP has participated in over 18 International Games.Some of our key program efforts to build communities include: Unified Sports, Athlete Leadership Programs, Family Engagement, Healthy Athletes and Young Athletes. Special Olympics knows no boundaries. Without regard to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community
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