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Global Hand Washing Day


18 November 2010

Global Handwashing Day is an initiative by global aid agencies and industry to promote hygiene practice and to highlight how diseases can be spread. Earlier this week, students and parents from Picnic Point PS participated in a morning of high-tech germ spotting that showed just how invasive those pesky germs truly are!

Dr Elaine Ryan from the Faculty of Health Sciences facilitated 3 workshops for more than 80 Year 2, 3 and 4 students that had students shrieking, giggling, mystified and, by the end of the session, proficient at hand washing. The highlight of these workshops is always the glow in the dark germ cream, that shows illuminated germs under UV torch light.

The picture (see insert) shows just how effective the hand washing workshops are, with students post-workshop hand washing results almost completely free of germs.

Once again, Compass would like to thank Dr Elaine Ryan for giving her time to prepare and facilitate the workshops at Picnic Point. Compass also apologises to the schools and parents in advance, as excessive use of hand soap and water may increase over the next week or two.

Students were asked to draw the amount of germs on each others' hands before and after a hand washing demonstration by Dr Ryan.
Students were asked to draw the amount of germs on each others' hands before and after a hand washing demonstration by Dr Ryan.