A world first initiative, known as Thank Your Cleaner Day, has now become a global event, with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also sharing in the celebrations.
The initiative first created in New Zealand by the Building Service Contractors Association of New Zealand (BSCNZ) in 2015 is now recognised globally in more than 30 countries.
October 20 is Thank Your Cleaner Day – where cleaners are championed for the special role they play in keeping our workplaces clean, safe and hygienic.
Kere McBratney, Kärcher NZ managing director, said the initiative was designed to acknowledge the hard-working cleaners throughout New Zealand who often work outside office hours and therefore out of sight.
He said the cleaning industry has played a crucial role in New Zealand’s fight against COVID-19.
McBratney said having a clean, hygienic and safe place to work has taken on a whole new meaning with the risks that COVID has brought to our shores.
“Cleaners are often on the front line of the pandemic, meticulously sanitising everything from essential workplaces through to MIQ accommodation facilities.
“They have an incredibly tough yet absolutely critical role in maintaining the health and safety of all New Zealanders.
“The late hours they work mean the role is often unseen however today we want the nation to recognise and celebrate the essential support role cleaners play in keeping New Zealand moving.”
Sarah McBride, CEO of the BSCNZ, told INCLEAN NZ Thank Your Cleaner Day is even more important this year as cleaners remain on the frontline during the pandemic.
“Thank Your Cleaner Day was a bit different for everyone this year, but also a timely reminder as to why the day is so important.
“While we weren’t able to hold events like we have in the past, the day is still dedicated to celebrating cleaners and acknowledging the important work that they do and the contribution that they all make to New Zealand and society as a whole.
“While we’re in lockdown [in Auckland] they remain out there on the frontline keeping us healthy and safe and that deserves to be recognised.”
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