The Eliminate Project campaign team rallied together on November 7, 2013, for our fourth Worldwide Report Day—allowing district coordinators to publicize their districts’ efforts to save women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. Highlights from the day include 210 pending Model Clubs and 100K Clubs with associated funding totaling more than US$6.8 million. Additionally, we have 39 pending Lead and Major Gifts that will yield more than US$2 million for the campaign and help save or protect more than 1.1 million lives.
Thank you to all of the campaign volunteers who participated in our fourth Worldwide Report, making it a success once again. I continue to be amazed by your dedication and hard work to save or protect millions of women and babies, not just today, but all year. I appreciate all of those who called in on behalf of their districts and the entire teams that contributed to the information gathered in the reports.
The reports received today reflect our fundraising achievements to date, as well as identify where we have tremendous potential for growth. We reported more than US$8.5 million in pending funds, which is where our focus should be during the upcoming weeks.
The success of today, much like the overall success of the campaign, requires the involvement of each person on the campaign team. I appreciate all who watched the results live on the website and all who helped ensure our success. Together, we will eliminate MNT and rock this world with hope!
Chairman Randy DeLay
I am amazed and awestruck by the continuing progress of global efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). As I’ve spoken with Kiwanians about in the past, I personally witnessed the devastating effects of neonatal tetanus in Sierra Leone. I am so happy this country–along with Gabon– eliminated MNT this past September. Even in countries that have faced terrible conflicts, UNICEF and partners can achieve remarkable results, thanks to the funding of donors like Kiwanis International. This brings the number of countries that have eliminated MNT since 200 to 33, leaving 26 to go. Elimination is happening, and it is because people around the world learn about this terrible disease and take action!
Thank you, Kiwanis, for continuing your extraordinary commitment to the mothers, babies and families served by The Eliminate Project. Helping to eliminate a disease takes time, diligence and patience. But you grow only more and more determined to seeing the day when ZERO mothers and babies die from this preventable illness. This is what makes progress possible: Your passion and purpose that you bring every day to this incredible project. We need to keep funding immunization activities to protect the hardest-to-reach and make MNT a thing of the past. You have already achieved so much, and in this Year of Achievement, I know that together, we will surpass all expectations. I deeply appreciate your service and share your vision for a world where no mother has to fear losing her baby to a preventable disease like tetanus.
- Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF