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Global efforts to eliminate MNT see remarkable success in 2012

The Eliminate Project campaign team of more than 5,000 volunteers came together during the second, bi-annual Worldwide Report Day on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, to show the world our Kiwanis commitment to save mothers and newborns.

District coordinators from around the world called campaign chairman Randy DeLay to share their district’s fundraising success since the first Worldwide Report Day last May. During each 10-minute call, the district coordinators specifically reported on total Model Clubs, Walter Zeller Fellows, Lead and Major Gifts, and the number of club coordinators recruited. Thanks to all of the districts’ participation, we have a clear understanding of the campaign’s progress.

“Congratulations on our second Worldwide Report Day. The reports reflected the amazing progress that we have already achieved through Kiwanis International and Kiwanis International Foundation’s efforts. The reports also show our tremendous potential for growth,” said campaign chairman Randy DeLay. “I appreciate all who watched and helped ensure our success. We are one step closer to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.”

To date, we have 2,758 Walter Zeller Fellows and 54 Lead and Major Gift donors. Together, these donors have raised US$5.7 million to save or protect more than 3.1 million women and their future babies. 286 clubs have pledged to be Model Clubs, totaling US$7.8 million, which will save or protect an additional 4.3 million lives. Additionally, we have recruited 55 percent of club coordinators. Our current volunteer team stands strong with more than 5,000 members, the largest of any Kiwanis International initiative.

Each district’s totals along with a statement and photo can be viewed on the Worldwide Report Day page.

“Global efforts to eliminate MNT have seen remarkable success in 2012. This progress shows that the elimination strategy of UNICEF and its partners works even in the most difficult circumstances, but only when funding is available,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “Kiwanis International understands the urgent need to provide vaccinations, education and health worker training in areas across the globe still at risk from MNT. Thank you for the time and energy that you have committed to protect the connection between mothers and their children.”

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