Randolph, NJ– The Kiwanis club of Randolph Township was recognized as a model club by Kiwanis International, for their contributions to The Eliminate Project. The Eliminate Project is the Kiwanis family’s biggest campaign for children yet. But it’s not the first. In 1994, Kiwanis joined UNICEF and partners for Kiwanis’ first worldwide service project to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorder, the world’s leading cause of preventable mental disability. Kiwanis-family members raised and leveraged nearly US$100 million. The effort spared millions of children the pain of disability and continues to make an impact in more than 103 countries. Thanks to The Eliminate Project, started in 2010, Kiwanis and UNICEF continue to make the world a better place for children.
With a goal of raising US$110 million, The Eliminate project strives to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus "MNT". Tetanus can infect newborns, spreading quickly, causing excruciating pain and killing within days. It’s a terrible disease, preventing even the comfort of a mother’s touch—but it’s highly preventable. MNT is easily prevented by giving women of childbearing age a series of three vaccine doses, which cost roughly US$1.80. This cost includes the vaccinations, syringes, safe storage, transportation and more.
As 2016 came to a close, The Randolph Kiwanis club fulfilled their 4-year pledge, donating a total of $28,000, to The Eliminate Project. This donation represents a total of 15,567 lives of mothers and babies saved.
On behalf of Kiwanis International, NJ District Eliminate chair Mike Mulhall presented club president Al Heath the model club patch and Model Club Lapel pins for each member of the Randolph Kiwanis. To learn more about the Eliminate Project, Please visit www.TheEliminateProject.org. To learn more about the Randolph Kiwanis, please visit www. RandolphKiwanis.org.
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