Kiwanis Club doing its part to eliminate tetanus 0
Kiwanis Club of Ingersoll president Kathleen Young, right, sells tulips to her mother Grace Harvey, left, during the club's Tulips for Eliminate campaign on Saturday. Despite cold and rainy weather the club was able to raise $1,300 to contribute to an international project to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in developing countries. STEPHEN PIERCE/FOR THE INGERSOLL TIMES
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Ingersoll braved a cold rain Saturday, May 3, selling tulips to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus half a world away.
The Eliminate Project is a partnership between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to put an end to maternal and neonatal tetanus in developing countries, and the Tulips for Eliminate campaign was the local club’s contribution to that effort.
“Eliminate is our Kiwanis International fundraising project right now to help children, mostly in Africa, with maternal and neonatal tetanus,” said club president Kathleen Young. “For just a $1.80 we can give the mother three tetanus shots, and that protects them and their unborn children for the rest of their lives.”
According to the Kiwanis International website, maternal and neonatal tetanus kills nearly 60,000 babies each year, and is a completely preventable disease.
Young said the campaign is a good opportunity for a club that primarily deals with local issues, to concentrate on making a difference in other parts of the world.
“For our club, we’re kind of just focused on the Ingersoll area, so this is just one of the projects we use to reach out into the world,” she said.
The Kiwanis Club of Ingersoll was set up in five different places around town and was able to raise $1,300 this year, the second of a five-year campaign.
Last year the club pledged to raise $12,000 over the course of the Eliminate Project and Young is hopeful, with a little help from Mother Nature, they will be able to reach their goal.
“Last year we raised $2,000 and we were just getting the ball rolling,” said Young.