The Eliminate Project campaign team rallied together on November 12, 2014, for our seventh Worldwide Report Day—celebrating district and worldwide achievements and the Kiwanis family’s commitment to save women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).
“We’re on the verge of turning a global effort into a worldwide achievement,” says Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay.
“Today’s calls reminded me of how far we have come in our mission to eliminate this deadly disease and keep families whole.”
Steve Hughes from the Australia District expressed his excitement about the campaign’s progress: “With more than US$71 million raised, we can all see that our original goal is now achievable, and Kiwanis members are world changers.”
The Eliminate Project has raised more than US$72 million in cash and pledges as of November 16, 2014. These funds will save or protect at least 40 million women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
“Since Kiwanis International began its partnership with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in 2011, we have seen great success,” says Sue Fleschner from the Kentucky-Tennessee District. “Countries continue to eliminate MNT and be removed from the list. And, the number of babies dying each year has been greatly reduced!”
Highlights from the calls include 828 documented Model Clubs, an increase of 272 since our last Worldwide Report Day, and 531 potential Model Clubs to secure by Kiwanis’ 100 Anniversary.
In addition to reporting on fundraising totals during the calls, each district discussed plans to meet its fundraising goal. “Women and babies are counting on us, so we need to put these plans to work and eliminate MNT once and for all,” says DeLay.
What we do in the coming months is critical. This is a once in a life opportunity to make real, measurable change on a massive scale. We have the chance to bring hope to these families.
Campaign Vice Chairman Dave Curry adds, ‘We are in the “change the world’ business, and this is our great opportunity. How can we not rise to that opportunity?”
to see more highlights from Worldwide Report Day, including fundraising plans and words of wisdom from district teams.