|Title||SOAP BUS TICKET|
|Brand||ASIRI GROUP OF HOSPITALS|
|Product / Service||ASIRI GROUP OF HOSPITALS|
|Category||D01. Corporate Image & Communication|
|Entrant||LEO BURNETT SOLUTIONS Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Entrant Company||LEO BURNETT SOLUTIONS Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Advertising Agency||LEO BURNETT SOLUTIONS Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Media Agency||STARCOM WORLDWIDE SRI LANKA Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Production Company||X-TEN PRODUCTIONS Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Trevor Kennedy||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Chief Creative Officer|
|Nadeera Warawita||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Art Director|
|Sithum Walter||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Creative Group Head/Art Director|
|Eraj Wirasinha||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Creative Director/Copy Writer|
|Shayani Obeyesekera||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Senior Art Director|
|Roshana Rasheed||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Creative Group Head - copy|
|Prasad Chaturanga||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Illustrator|
|Selonica Nalawansa||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Account Director|
|Mehnaz Ilhamdeen||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Head of Operations|
|Firzan Mulafer||Publicis Solutions||Director - Client Services|
|Malaka Samith||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Copy Writer|
|Eranga Hemajith||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Senior Executive - Production|
|Hassan Samdin||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Art Director|
|Ajantha Kumara||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Art Director|
|Chandika Samaraweera||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Art Director|
|Murtaza A. Tajbhoy||Leo Burnett Solutions Inc||Head Of Brand Planning|
|Caryll Van Dort||Arc Worldwide Sri Lanka||Director - Public Relations|
|Manisha Samarasinghe||Chakra||Managing Director|
In Sri Lanka, lots of people ride lots of buses every day, making them ideal for spreading germs. Asiri Hospitals, a large healthcare provider, as part of its commitment to improve health across the nation, wanted to do more than just educate people on the issue – it wanted to do something about it. With most public toilets not having soap, we created the world’s first Soap Bus Ticket. Using paper fused with antiseptic soap, special ticket rolls were developed. Now, when passengers boarded a bus, they received a ticket they could use to protect themselves. The Soap Bus Ticket rolls were used on some of Sri Lanka’s busiest routes. Posters and signboards educating and informing people were put up inside buses, and announcements about the ticket and the importance of washing your hands, were made at every major stop. Promotional and educational material was also used at bus stops, public stations and at Asiri Hospitals themselves.
With the country going through a period of rapid development, healthcare is becoming an increasingly competitive category. Asiri Hospitals wanted to show, as part of their commitment to improving health across the nation, that they were genuine and were also an innovative and modern brand.
The campaign began by working closely with a paper company to develop soap-infused paper that could be used in a bus conductor’s ticket machine. We then worked with a bus operator to test the paper as well as to get it on buses along with material informing and educating travellers. We also worked with relevant authorities to get material posted at bus stops and public toilets. The campaign was finally executed as planned during the traditional Sri Lankan New Year period, where tickets were given out to travellers on some of the busiest routes.
The Soap Bus Ticket was a unique innovation that had a significant impact on Sri Lankans from all walks of life. It not only educated them but encouraged them to start a positive habit that stopped germs and kept them safe.
Asiri Hospitals, as one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers, has facilities that cater to Sri Lankans from all walks of life, many of whom travel by bus. Asiri Hospitals wanted to reach out to new and existing customers, to show that they genuinely cared about the health of Sri Lankans and were also an innovative and modern brand. With most public toilets not having soap, the Soap Bus Ticket gave passengers on some of the country’s busiest bus routes a ticket they could keep and use to wash their hands after their trip. This helped protect them from germs and kept them safe.