The Kiwanis International convention in Vancouver provided a wonderful opportunity to reunite with Kiwanis friends from around the world as well as make new friends. It was also a time to celebrate the progress that has been made for The Eliminate Project.
As of June 2013, The Eliminate Project has raised more than US$35.5 million dollars, which will save or protect more than 19.7 million women and their future babies. Clubs and individuals have raised these funds through club events, individual giving through the Zeller Fellowship, club and foundation giving and corporate partnerships.
A few highlights from The Eliminate Project activities that took place during convention include:
- Kiwanis members participated in a hands-on activity to see how our efforts directly help women and children around the world during The Eliminate Project Experience. Districts also announced their fundraising goals to help us reach US$110 million.
- More than 350 Kiwanis and CKI members united to take the next steps for moms and babies during The Eliminate Project walk in Vancouver. Kiwanis International President Tom DeJulio, CKI President Josephine Likito and Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay kicked off the event as the Olympic cauldron was lit.
- Nearly 1,000 Kiwanis members and guests attended The Eliminate Project luncheon where they learned about elimination efforts and global health initiatives from keynote speaker Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Koshiro “Kit” Kitazato was honored as the 2012-2013 Governor of the Year for The Eliminate Project, and 23 Progressive Model Clubs from around the world were recognized.
- General sessions celebrated progress and recognized more than 450 individual and club donors who contributed to the success of The Eliminate Project in 2012. Special recognition was given to the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada for its US$500,000 pledge.
Read more about the campaign success and activities during the 98th annual Kiwanis International Convention in these articles from the Vancouver Sun and Storify. Or see the campaign excitement unfold in our photo album.
Tip: Share these stories and images with your club and community to continue the momentum generated during the Kiwanis International convention.