Kiwanis Club of San Carlos
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Kiwanis Club of San Carlos joins fight to save lives of children around the world
Clubs report fundraising progress for The Eliminate Project during Worldwide Report Day
San Carlos, California (November 7, 2013)— The Kiwanis Club of San Carlos is joining forces with Kiwanis members across the globe in an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a painful disease that kills one baby every nine minutes, or about 160 newborns each day.
The Kiwanis Club of San Carlos has secured over $5,000 toward its goal of raising $14,000 by 2015, through people and companies who care about saving lives.
“The Eliminate Project is a way to have a direct impact on the lives of the poorest families,” said Judy Kramer, Eliminate Project Coordinator for Kiwanis Division 34 (14 clubs in Bay Area Peninsula). “An opportunity like this doesn’t come along every day.”
The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is a global campaign that will save or protect millions of women and babies. The disease is typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices. The goal of the project is to eliminate this swift, painful and highly preventable disease by immunizing women of childbearing age, which will not only protect the mothers, but also their future babies.
Kiwanis International is raising US$110 million by 2015 for the project, which will ultimately protect more than 61 million women and their future babies, and make Kiwanis the world’s largest single donor to MNT elimination efforts. The Kiwanis Club of San Carlos will raise $14,000 to protect and save more than 7,777 mothers and their future babies.
The funding supports UNICEF and its partners who have already eliminated MNT in 33 countries. With Kiwanis’ global volunteer network, along with UNICEF’s field staff and technical expertise, The Eliminate Project will serve those who live in some of the most remote and underserved areas of developing countries where healthcare is limited—and wipe out this cruel, centuries-old disease.
“For US$1.80 we can protect a woman and her future babies from this deadly but preventable disease,” said Stan Soderstrom, Executive Director of Kiwanis International. “We can only do this with the support from our local clubs, and with their participation, we will eliminate MNT.”
The Eliminate Project will do more than protect women and babies from tetanus; it also will help create a path for additional services, such as health education, clean water, nutrition and other vaccines.
For more information about The Eliminate Project, visit www.TheEliminateProject.org.
To make a charitable donation for The Eliminate Project, visit http://sancarloskiwanis.org/
About The Eliminate Project
The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International’s Global Campaign for Children, will save or protect millions of women and their future babies. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis is eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes and a significant number of women each year, by immunizing women of child-bearing age. UNICEF and its partners have already eliminated MNT in 33 countries, and Kiwanis’ pledge to raise US$110 million will help fund the elimination of the disease in the 26 countries that remain at risk.
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs—including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities—dedicate annually more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas. For more information about Kiwanis International, please visit www.kiwanis.org.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information, about UNICEF and its work visit www.unicef.org. For U.S. residents, visit www.unicefusa.org.