This week is Eliminate Week! Starting today, Key Clubbers like you will raise money and awareness for The Eliminate Project, the Kiwanis family’s campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Learn more about The Eliminate Project—and how you and your club can get involved with Eliminate Week!
Who: The Kiwanis family
What: Around the world, maternal and neonatal tetanus can quickly turn the joy of childbirth into tragedy. MNT kills one baby every nine minutes. Its effects are excruciating—tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. There’s little hope of survival. And tetanus kills mothers too.
Kiwanis and its family of clubs—that includes Key Club!—have teamed up with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the Earth.
When: The Eliminate Project kicked off during the summer of 2010. Our goal is to raise US$110 million by summer 2015.
Where: Since The Eliminate Project started, 15 countries have eliminated MNT. Only 25 countries are left, including Kenya, Nigeria, India, Haiti, Cambodia and the Philippines. To see a complete list of countries that have already eliminated this disease and which countries remain, check out The Eliminate Project website.
Why: MNT is highly preventable. Just three doses of a immunization that costs only US$0.60 protect mothers, who then pass on the immunity to their future babies. Together, the Kiwanis family and UNICEF can stop this disease.
It’s unacceptable that innocent newborns and their mothers suffer and die from MNT when it can be prevented so easily. This is also an amazing opportunity to reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with lifesaving health care.
What can I do right now?
Get involved with Eliminate Week! Raise money and awareness about The Eliminate Project and join the social conversation by using the hashtag #EliminateWeek in your posts. We encourage you to host your club’s Eliminate Week the week leading up to Mother’s Day (May 5–9 this year), but you can plan your Eliminate Week activities during another week this spring.
Here are some simple project ideas to help you get started:
Host a hat day. Ask students to donate US$1 to wear a hat during the school day. This project is virtually effortless but can raise a lot of money quickly.
Collect spare change. Go around to lunch tables and ask for spare change. Tell students that they’re helping to protect mothers and babies around the world.
Host a tournament. You can do anything from ping-pong to Wii bowling. Simply charge an entry fee and give away a prize, such as a donated gift card, to the winner. All of the profits will go to The Eliminate Project.
Sell flowers. Contact your local florist and buy carnations to sell at school. Encourage students to buy them for their friends, teachers and mothers. You can download tags to attach to the flower on page 6 of the Eliminate Week toolkit.
What do I do once I’ve collected money?
Once you have collected all of your money, fill out The Eliminate Project’s giving form and return the completed form via email, fax or mail.
The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
3636 Woodview Trace
Indianapolis, IN 46268 USA
*Be sure to include your club’s name and ID number so you can receive proper credit and request recognition items.
Can my club get recognized for what we’ve raised?
Yes! Get a participation patch for Eliminate Week—just for telling us about your project with this easy form.