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UNICEF and The Eliminate Project

Every 15 minutes, a newborn baby dies from tetanus. That short lifetime is marked by pain — with an extreme sensitivity to light, sound or contact that prevents even a mother's touch.

But it doesn't have to be this way. In 2010, the Kiwanis family partnered with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) through a joint effort called The Eliminate Project. As of July 30, 2018, The Eliminate Project has raised more than US$82 million to save and protect mothers and babies.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is an easy — and fun — way for the Kiwanis family to raise money for The Eliminate Project to save and protect moms and babies.

Since the project began in 2010, we've helped eliminate MNT in 25 countries. Every year, 24,000 more babies are born unaffected by tetanus. And millions of mothers have been vaccinated.

But the fight is not over. Mothers and babies in 14 countries are still at risk of this deadly, preventable disease.

You and your club can help us finish the fight. This Halloween, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF to save and protect lives.

The Georgia District of Key Club International is working hard to assist Kiwanis and UNICEF with eliminating this disease from the face of the planet. The District Board has set Georgia’s fundraising goal at $14,000 for the 2018-2019 Service Year.

To reach our goal, we need each member’s individual effort. Each local Key Club is asked to raise $250 – enough money to save the lives of 138 mothers and their future babies.

For less than two dollars – just $1.80 – you can save a life. The Eliminate Project is the epitome of the Kiwanis Family’s mission to change the world through service one child and one community at a time.

How to Give:

Donation Form

Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, together, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth.  In doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.

For more information, visit the Eliminate Project’s website.

How to take part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

 

The process is easy! You can participate in five simple steps:

  1. Decide with your club what kind of fundraiser you’ll do.

  2. Order your collection boxes.

  3. Collect donations.

  4. Fill out the gift form and submit it with your club’s donations – be sure the funds are received by December 31, 2019!

  5. Celebrate! You’re helping save moms and babies.

 

Once you’ve collected all of your donations, send a check or money order (made payable to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund) and your completed gift form to:

The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
Kiwanis Children’s Fund
P.O. Box 6457 – Dept #286
Indianapolis, IN 46206 USA
ATTN: Trick-or-Treat

Be sure to include “Trick-or-Treat” and your club number on the memo line of the check.

It’s important to send your check directly to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund so we can keep track of all funds raised by Kiwanis-family clubs. This year, the Service Leadership Program goal is to raise more than US$1 million. We need help from you and your club!

With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes—nearly 60,000 newborn children every year. A significant number of women also die due to maternal tetanus. The effects of the disease are excruciating—tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.