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  • Sharing passion to eliminate MNT

    Kiwanis family members around the world have embraced The Eliminate Project. They are sharing their passion. They are doing service. They are raising funds. They are helping to reach our fundraising goal–and saving or protecting more than 61 million women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    Here are just a few examples of the numerous ways the Kiwanis family has engaged in fundraising and service for The Eliminate Project during the past year. Use these as a platform to activate your club’s activities:

    Flapjack breakfast for The Eliminate Project

    Algona Aktion Club Olympics – Raising funds and enjoying the opportunity to give back

    Georgia Key Club hosts Kiwanis family day

    Interlaken charity run for The Eliminate Project

    Wrapping gifts to help save lives

    Austrian Club uses song to raise funds

    Dancing to save lives

    Winter formal raises funds to save women and babies

    What will you and your club do to help us raise US$110 million to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus? Be sure to tell us on Facebook, Twitter and The Eliminate Project blog (email Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org).

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  • Witnessing progress around the world

    This past year brought memorable opportunities for several Kiwanis donors to witness UNICEF-led immunization efforts firsthand. Kiwanians visited Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) this past November. Before that, groups traveled to Indonesia in September, Haiti in April and Kenya in March.

    During these trips, Kiwanis members met local medical workers, visited clinics and schools, and observed health services, including tetanus vaccination campaigns. Through the experiences participants gained a better understanding of the progress being made.

    To date, 35 countries have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus. But our work is not done. Our partners at UNICEF continue to carry out immunization activities. The faster they receive our contributions, the faster those urgently-needed funds can be used in the 24 countries that remain at risk.

    Read more about the delegates’ life-changing experiences and learn how you can make a difference in the new year by helping families in the most remote areas of the world:

    Seeing the eliminate project at work in Laos

    Giving a future with hope

    Mothers around the world share the same mission

    The Eliminate Project is making a difference in Kenya

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  • Kiwanis to spread inspiration in Rose Parade

    Kiwanis International will celebrate its 100th birthday in style at the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. The theme of the float, “100 Years of Inspiring Children,” works well with the parade's “Inspiring Stories” theme.

    Kiwanis International President John Button and First Lady Debbie Button will ride on the float with children and other Kiwanis dignitaries. The Rose Parade will be broadcast live in the United States beginning at 8 a.m. PST, on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Check your local broadcast listings for more information. Don’t miss it!

     

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  • A year in review

    Happy holidays from The Eliminate Project. As you prepare for a new year, we want to thank you for making 2014 extraordinary. In the last year, total funds raised for The Eliminate Project increased by US$28.5 million. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we will help save or protect more than 15.8 million women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). 

    The Kiwanis family is on the verge of making history. As of December 16, 2014, we have raised more than US$73.5 million, leaving US$36.5 million to reach our US$110 million goal. Kiwanians, clubs – and even districts – have committed to give hope and life to families around the world. This includes more than 900 Model and 100K Clubs that are leading the way to save women and babies.

    As we reflect on our accomplishments, let us not forget that there is still work to be done. Families still suffer in 24 countries where MNT remains a threat. We need Kiwanians everywhere to continue to work for those women and their future babies. Consider extending your impact this holiday season with a gift to The Eliminate Project. Save babies today – and every day in 2015.

    Thank you for supporting Kiwanis International and The Eliminate Project. 

    Highlights from 2014:

    November 2014: Donors gave back by saving a baby a day AND see The Eliminate Project at work in Laos

    October 2014: Donors began making gifts for the exclusive Centennial Award AND a new report announced 15 percent fewer babies die from neonatal tetanus.

    September 2014: The U.S. Fund for UNICEF committed US$15 million to support the campaign.

    August 2014: The U.S. Fund for UNICEF launched an Upworthy video campaign.

    July 2014: Taiwan’s gift propelled us past the halfway point

    June 2014: The World Health Organization announced Madagascar eliminated MNT.

    May 2014: Kiwanis was recognized by International Leaders.

    April 2014: 2013-2014 Kiwanis International Foundation president visited women and babies in Haiti.

    March 2014: Kiwanians got a firsthand look at immunization efforts in Kenya.

    February 2014: The Eliminate Project received US$1 million from a Kiwanis member

    January 2014: The campaign team commemorated 99 years of service.

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  • Kiwanis to spread inspiration in Rose Parade

    Kiwanis International will celebrate its 100th birthday in style at the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. The theme of the float, “100 Years of Inspiring Children,” works well with the parade's “Inspiring Stories” theme.

    Kiwanis International President John Button and First Lady Debbie Button will ride on the float with children and other Kiwanis dignitaries. The Rose Parade will be broadcast live in the United States beginning at 8 a.m. PST, on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Check your local broadcast listings for more information. Don’t miss it!

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  • Save a baby a day through The Eliminate Project

    Maricel Busalin’s daughter stopped feeding and began to turn blue at five days old. Maricel had not been vaccinated for maternal and neonatal tetanus and during the birth at her home in the Philippines, the baby was infected. Maricel’s daughter suffered terrible pain and convulsions. No sound or touch could soothe her. Maricel could only watch as her baby died.

    Every 11 minutes, neonatal tetanus claims the life of a baby. But those deaths—and that pain—are preventable. Wake up each morning knowing you’ve helped save babies like Maricel’s by giving just US$1.80 a day. The Kiwanis family is on the verge of making history. Be part of it. Commit to saving lives every single day. Give now at www.TheEliminateProject.org/Baby. Then challenge others to do the same.

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  • Club spotlight: Dreaming of a better world through The Eliminate Project

    The Kiwanis Club of Juppiter Reggio Calabria recently committed to become a 100K Club, the first in the Italy-San Marino District. Thanks to the support of the Junior Juppiter Reggio Calabria club, the members will help save or protect more than 55,555 women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).

    Here is what the Juppiter Reggio Calabria club president, Francesco Garaffa, had to share about the exciting new commitment.

    Why are club members motivated to protect moms and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus?
    Members of the Kiwanis Club of Juppiter Reggio Calabria and Kiwanis Junior Club Juppiter Reggio Calabria really want to help the children of the world. We believe that eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is a concrete way to make the world better.

    Why did your club decide to become a 100K Club?
    In the first 18 months of the campaign, our club has donated about US$32,000, which will help save or protect more than 17,777 women and their future babies from this deadly disease. We wanted to do more. We decided to become a 100K Club so we could have a goal to reach. And, 55,555 lives protected are better than 17,777 lives protected.

    What advice or encouragement would you offer other clubs who might be considering a 100K Club commitment?
    We encourage clubs to do their best and not put limits to their dreams. Nothing is too great for those who can dream, and the most beautiful dream always seems impossible until it's done.

    Thanks to the generosity of clubs like the of Juppiter Reggio Calabria club, The Eliminate Project has raised more than US$73.5 million, which will help save or protect at least 40 million women and their future babies from MNT. Thank you to all of our donors! Click here to see a complete list of donors.


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  • New guidelines to protect youth

    The Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines have been updated to reflect the changes the Kiwanis International Board passed in April, which became effective October 1, 2014. Updates include:

    ● Background checks for Kiwanis advisors are valid for no more than 10 years.
    ● If a Kiwanian learns of troubling behavior after an event, they are required to report the incident.
    ● Adults working with youth at Kiwanis International-sponsored events need to have a background check through Kiwanis International's provider. These include Key Leader weekends, the Key Club International convention, the Key Club Governor and Administrator Training Conference and the Key Club International Leadership Conference.
    ● All districts conducting background checks are required to follow the screening criteria stated in Kiwanis International Procedure 197 when determining if checks are clear.

    Review the updated Kiwanis Youth Protection documents and presentation at www.kiwanis.org/youthprotection today.

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  • The Eliminate Project in the news

    Thanks to your efforts, The Eliminate Project continues to make headlines across the world! Here are our latest mentions in the news:

    Kiwanis will host annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa
    NOLA, 11/28/2014

    Kiwanians doing their part to stop a killer
    The Emporia Gazette, 12/1/2014


    Ohio District Governor addresses Kiwanis

    Sidney Daily News, 12/4/2014

    The more publicity attracted for The Eliminate Project, the more awareness and funds Kiwanis International will be able to raise for the women and babies the project protects. Need help publicizing The Eliminate Project and your club’s fundraising and service activities to your local media? This public relations toolkit will provide everything you need.

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  • Fundraising made easy!

    Saving women and babies through The Eliminate Project just became easier. In just a few minutes, you can set up a personal fundraising page to share with friends and family. The money you raise will help save and protect women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    Follow these four easy steps to create your page. Or follow the mantra that there is strength in numbers and create a team fundraising page with friends or your Kiwanis family club.

    • Step 1: Create your fundraising page. Complete the online registration to immediately activate your fundraising page. Click “edit personal page” to set your fundraising goal and write a description about why you are raising funds for The Eliminate Project. Make your page personal and more engaging by uploading photos and videos.

    • Step 2: Spread the word and help save babies. Click “share/send emails” to send emails or ask for support through Facebook and Twitter. Ask family, friends and contacts to help save babies, honor a friend, remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion. Donations collected will be sent directly to The Eliminate Project.

    • Step 3: Track results. See who visits your page and review who has made a contribution from your donation dashboard.

    • Step 4: Share your success and say thank you! Enjoy the results of your efforts. Post updates about your success and the campaign’s progress to your page. Make sure you personally thank those who have supported you and The Eliminate Project.

    Every dollar collected for The Eliminate Project goes a long way! US$1.80 provides a series of three vaccine doses to protect a woman and her future newborns. US$18 can protect 10 women and their future newborns. US$36 can protect 20 women and their future newborns.

    Make a page. Spread the word to family and friends. This is your chance to help protect millions of lives—and help the Kiwanis family make history. And with just a few clicks, your friends and family can help save lives, too.

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