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Fundraising and fellowship at the ASPAC Convention

By Ade Chan, Asia Pacific Vice Chairman, The Eliminate Project

More than 750 Kiwanis members gathered in Hiroshima, Japan for the ASPAC convention March 7-9. The Eliminate Project had a strong presence at the event.

More than 80 people woke early on the first day to support The Eliminate Project. Participants walked through Hiroshima’s streets and the beautiful Peace Memorial Park, which provided a great time for Kiwanis fellowship. In total, we raised more than US$2,000 for The Eliminate Project through the walk, which will save or protect 1,111 women and their future babies.

We heard from several campaign leaders during The Eliminate Project workshop. Panelists spoke about their experiences on a site visit and how to inspire clubs to become Model Clubs. Participants learned about The Eliminate Project through a fun trivia game as well!

During the convention we were able to report this great progress in the region:

  • US$2.9 million raised in gifts and pledges, which will save or protect more than 1.6 million women and their future babies
  • 91 percent club coordinator recruitment
  • At least three new Model and 100K Club commitments
  • Several new Mother’s Day Zellers

We honored outstanding clubs and individuals during a special recognition ceremony at the welcome dinner as well as several districts who were the winners of the Asia Pacific Challenge. Congratulations again to the following districts:

Districts with the most Model Club commitments (March 2012 – February 2013):

  1. Australia – 20 Model Club commitments
  2. Japan – 14 Model Club commitments

Districts that have saved the most lives (March 2012 – February 2013):

  1. Taiwan – between March 2012 and February 2013 raised US$945,307, which will save or protect more than 525,170 lives
  2. Japan – between March 2012 and February 2013 raised US$834,234, which will save or protect more than 432,283 lives
Thanks to all attendees and participants. We look forward to next year’s ASPAC convention in Chiba, Tokyo! Together we will continue the region’s efforts to save or protect more lives from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
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