The Kiwanis family rallied together on April 24, 2014, to celebrate district and worldwide progress of The Eliminate Project during our fifth Worldwide Report Day.
Team members, supporters and partners from all over the world tuned in, including UNICEF. “I am thrilled that Kiwanis leaders around the world took the time to report on the amazing progress that their regions and districts are achieving,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Collectively, the Kiwanis family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have raised more than US$51.5 million—nearly halfway to our US$110 million goal— in cash and pledges as of April 16, 2014. These funds will save or protect at least 28.3 million women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
“Worldwide Report Day is an opportunity for us to join forces to save mothers and babies,” said Ohio District Coordinator Cindy Champer. “We should never give up our quest as long as there are mothers and babies dying from maternal and neonatal tetanus.”
“Each step forward brings us closer to our goal,” adds Stern. “It is so encouraging to see the continued commitment of one of UNICEF’s greatest partners.”
With less than 15 months left in The Eliminate Project, each day counts. “As our gift to the world and in celebration of 100 years of Kiwanis, we have a very practical way to show our dedication to the children of the world through the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus,” said Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Coordinators John & Roxanne Vanderheyden. “This project is not about money, it is about lives. Remember the purpose and use the project to motivate and reinvigorate your members and your community.”
Visit www.TheEliminateProject.org/WWRD to see more highlights from Worldwide Report Day, including recommended fundraisers and words of wisdom from district teams.