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RS Group launches the ‘Big Step Challenge to create awareness of ‘The Washing Machine Project’

28 November 2022

RS Group plc launched the ‘Big Step Challenge’ at electronica 2022, to help create awareness about The Washing Machine Project and to involve visitors at the show.

RS Group is an official partner of The Washing Machine Project Foundation, which is a charity committed to finding innovative engineering solutions to help refugees. 

The charity’s invention is the ‘Divya’ – an off-grid washing machine that aims to alleviate the backbreaking task of handwashing clothes, which can take up to 20 hours a week and disproportionately affects the livelihood and well-being of women and children. 

The Divya washing machine typically saves 50 percent of the water used, as well as 75 percent of the time taken in handwashing clothes.

Big Step Challenge
There are approximately 27.1 million refugees worldwide and the goal of RS Group’s ‘Big Step Challenge’ is to ask electronica 2022 attendees collectively to walk 27.1 million steps – approximately 19,500km – to represent every man, woman and child that has been forced to flee their homes and find safety in a foreign land. 

And, as most visitors planning to attend the show will already know, electronica is an exhibition on a huge scale, covering 160,000 square metres.

If you wish to help more and further support the cause, you can also donate here.

“The mission of The Washing Machine Project resonates greatly with RS in its ambition of helping to inspire a more sustainable world through education and innovative engineering solutions that can improve lives,” said Isabella Mascarenhas, VP, Grass Roots Education & Social Impact at RS Group. 

“We hope the ‘Big Step Challenge’ at this year’s electronica show [has further built] up awareness both of this important project, more widely the huge challenges faced by refugees worldwide and how we can help.”


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