Soap distributed to organisations and communities in Central Australia

This week, Indigenous Eye Health staff in Alice Springs are coordinating the distribution of 11,000 bars of free soap to organisations and communities in Central Australia from organisation SoapAid. Soap Aid is a not-for-profit organisation committed to saving children’s lives through improved hygiene while positively impacting the environment. They reprocess and deliver recycled hotel soap to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas.

This delivery of soap will support hand washing and good hygiene practices to stop the spread of corona virus (COVID-19) and other infectious diseases. Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC), Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation, Children’s GroundMacDonnell Regional CouncilCentral Desert Regional CouncilNPY Women’s Council, and Families as First Teachers are helping to deliver soap to families in town camps and communities.

We would like to say a very big thank you to Mark and the team at S&R Constructions in Alice Springs for their generosity in helping us move the pallets of soap from the truck to our storage shed in Alice Springs.

For more information about the Indigenous Eye Health trachoma health promotion program, click here.

soap aid soap being delivered

Images: (left) The pallet of soap travelled from Melbourne to Alice Springs, (center) Ian and Darren from Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) collecting soap, (right) Jane from Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation collecting soap, and (bottom) IEH staff member Lesley arriving to unload the pallet of soap.