MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – October 24, 2012 – Kingston Resorts, an oceanfront resort complex in Myrtle Beach, Kingston Plantation and Kingston Shores shipped 2,000 pounds of soap to an African village as part of the Global Soap Project. The Global Soap Project recycles soap from American hotels and distributes them to people in Africa. The soap is collected, sanitized and melted into new bars before they are shipped to refugee camps.
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Shores and Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation were the first hotels to be green certified in Myrtle Beach, and this soap project was one of many the resorts instituted to reuse, reduce and recycle whenever possible.
“This program has grown significantly since it started two years ago,” said Eugene Silvestri, hotel manager with Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. “We now ship twice a year, and we are very proud that the organizer, the project and Hilton Worldwide have received international recognition.”
The Global Soap Project and Hilton Worldwide are finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center’s Best Partnership Award. The Best Partnership category focuses on excellence in business and nonprofit partnering and honors companies and charitable organizations that work together to address social issues. Because of the partnership with Hilton Worldwide, Global Soap Projects expects to increase soap production and distribution by 300 percent, exceeding more than 1.25 million bars of soap. To date, soap has been shipped from 23 countries.
As part of the partnership, Hilton Worldwide is providing channels for more than 3,900 of its global properties to donate partially-used soap, while also investing $1.3 million to the project over the next three years. Hilton Worldwide will also provide operational expertise to help expand the Global Soap Project’s processing and distribution capabilities. As a member of the Global Soap Project’s Board of Directors, Hilton is also actively participating in the development of the nonprofit’s organizational strategy and growth.
The Partnership Award winner is selected by online public vote. Visit http://bclc.uschamber.com/program/citizens-awards to cast a vote and support the Global Soap Project. Voting began September 18th and will continue until 11:59 p.m. ET on October 28.
The Global Soap Project, based in Atlanta, was founded by Derreck Kayongo, a humanitarian relief expert whose own Uganda family fled the tyranny of Idi Amin in 1979. During this tragic and despotic era, close to one million people lost their lives. Today, there are millions more internally displaced persons throughout Central and Eastern Africa, struggling to survive with limited or no access to clean water and soap.
As a result, there is a high mortality rate due to acute respiratory and diarrhea diseases, especially in children under five years old. Numerous scientific studies indicate that hand washing with soap can reduce the risk of these diseases by 42-65 percent.