Tuesday, 15 January 2013 12:06

Swift Current's Kiwanis, Prairie Pioneers help out

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With UNICEF and Kiwanis volunteers in Prairie Pioneers and Swift Current, helped try to eliminate tetanus around the globe.


While toys and tech gadgets made their way onto holiday wish lists, Kiwanis volunteers in Prairie Pioneers and Swift Current are hoping for something quite different: to save children’s lives by eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). MNT is a painful infection that claims the lives of 59,000 newborns in some of the most impoverished regions of the world. Choosing to take up the fight here at home, the passionate Kiwanis volunteers are raising funds to support global efforts to vaccinate and protect millions of women and children.
And the global vaccination campaign is working. Burkina Faso, China, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Tanzania and Timor Leste all eliminated tetanus in 2012. These are major achievements.
“Kiwanis members believe we can change the world one child and one community at a time,” said Eldon Wilson, President of the Kiwanis Club of Prairie Pioneers/Swift Current. “That’s why we’re proud to work with UNICEF Canada, knowing that the simple act of buying tetanus vaccines will not only save a child’s life, but protect future generations.”
UNICEF and Kiwanis International launched the Eliminate Project in 2010 to globally eradicate MNT by the year 2015. To help vaccinate 129 million mothers and their babies, Kiwanis aims to raise US$110 million through the efforts of thousands of member clubs around the world.
Believing that nowhere is too far to go to save a life, UNICEF’s vaccination campaigns reach the most vulnerable children in the most remote areas. In the past 13 years, MNT has been eliminated in 28 countries, but more help is needed in 31 countries where this excruciatingly painful disease still threatens many lives.
Canadians can support the Eliminate Project by giving UNICEF Survival Gifts, which are real lifesaving items delivered to children and families. A Mother and Baby Tetanus Pack ($15), purchased as a holiday gift for a loved one, will provide 250 tetanus vaccines. Every purchase of Survival Gift Tetanus Packs will help Kiwanis clubs in Canada meet their $4.6 million commitment to the Eliminate Project.
“In my job I have seen first-hand the impact that a Survival Gift can have on a child’s life, and as a parent I’m adamant that no child should die from a preventable disease,” said David Morley, President and CEO of UNICEF

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