In 2010, we made a commitment. Now we’re on the verge of making history. As of September 16, 2014, the Kiwanis family only has US$39.9 million left to raise to reach its US$110 million goal. A recent US$7.2 million commitment from our partner at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF brought their total pledge to US$15 million and created momentum for us to reach our shared goal.
“We returned from the Kiwanis International Convention in Chiba, Japan full of excitement and praising the hard work and continued passion of Kiwanis,” says Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We are so inspired by the continued passion of Kiwanians worldwide, and we decided to reaffirm our original commitment to raise US$15 million for The Eliminate Project to ensure that no mother has to fear losing her child”
To date, the U.S. Fund has already secured more than US$7.8 million in gifts and pledges for The Eliminate Project.
“This is a reminder that Kiwanis and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF stand together, committed to eliminate this deadly disease and help keep families whole,” says Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay.
Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated MNT in 35 countries—15 in just the past four years alone.
Funds from The Eliminate Project continue to help UNICEF power massive immunization campaigns to protect women and babies across the globe. Earlier this year, approximately 1.5 million women of reproductive age were immunized in Haiti and more than 554,000 additional women were protected from tetanus in Kenya; these are just two examples of the reach of UNICEF, Kiwanis and partners.
Millions of women and babies still need our support. Immunization activities planned in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Niger, Nigeria and Kenya aim to immunize more than 7.4 million women of reproductive age during the next three months. The faster contributions are received, the faster those urgently needed funds can be used in the 24 countries where MNT is still a threat.
“We are proud to partner with the Kiwanis family and are truly inspired by the continued commitment shown by Kiwanis members around the globe,” adds Stern. “We have much work to do to fund the program in the remaining countries where MNT needs to be defeated in order to protect the lives of millions.”
Get involved. Inspire others. Make a donation. This is your club’s chance to help protect millions of lives—and help the Kiwanis family make history.