I continue to be amazed by how Kiwanis-family members of all ages have embraced Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and turned it into a Halloween tradition to support The Eliminate Project. In the last two years, Kiwanis members raised more than US$1.1 million through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF for The Eliminate Project. Thanks to your critical support, at least 628,000 women and their future babies will be saved or protected from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
But women and families around the world still need our help.
October is an important month for UNICEF and the Kiwanis family. Besides starting the new Kiwanis year, October brings an opportunity for clubs to join us in protecting children and giving them the best possible start in life through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Small donations add up to big changes in children’s lives.
I urge you to partner with your sponsored K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, CKI and Aktion Club again this year to maximize their efforts and funds raised. Participation is easy. Accompany your K-Kids and Builders Club members as they go door-to-door to collect funds on Halloween, or plan and promote a fundraising event with Key Club, CKI and Aktion Club members. Plus, make sure they send in their hard-earned funds by December 31.
Help put the fun into fundraising and step up this year to truly make a difference for The Eliminate Project. Has your club thought about matching the funds your sponsored SLP clubs collect? Every match counts! Mothers and babies around the world are counting on the Kiwanis family—and you. Together, we will not stop until we see a day when ZERO mothers and babies die from tetanus, a cause we can so easily prevent.
Thanks again for taking part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and for helping to keep the ‘Kids Helping Kids’ tradition alive. Together, let’s continue to make the world a better place for kids in need around the world—one Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box at a time.
President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF