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Celebrating the halfway point and the single largest gift to the campaign

Aug 13, 2014
The Eliminate Project at the Kiwanis International convention

The 99th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Chiba, Japan, provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Kiwanis family’s continued progress with The Eliminate Project. In fact, the campaign has surpassed the halfway point to our fundraising goal.

As of July 16, 2014, the Kiwanis family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have raised more than US$60.9 million in cash and pledges, which will save or protect at least 33.8 million women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. A generous US$7 million commitment from the Taiwan District—the campaign’s single largest commitment to date—helped the Kiwanis family reach this milestone. Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay made the big announcement during the convention.

Other highlights from The Eliminate Project activities that took place during the Kiwanis International convention include:

  • Kiwanis International and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proudly announced expanded efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus and sustain those achievements for generations to come.
  • More than 400 individual and club donors were recognized for their contributions to the success of The Eliminate Project in the previous year.
  • More than 150 Kiwanis-club members took the next steps for women and babies during the Walk to Eliminate MNT.
  • Nearly 500 guests attended The Eliminate Project and Kiwanis International Foundation Honors luncheon and participated in a matching gift opportunity that raised more than $75,000.
  • In anticipation of Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary and our great victory, campaign volunteer leaders and Kiwanis members added mementos to a time capsule to preserve the memories of our tremendous fight for future generations of Kiwanians.

Experience some of the excitement on The Eliminate Project Facebook and Twitter pages. And use these social media sites to share these stories with your club and community. It is through the inspiration of the Kiwanis family, UNICEF and its partners that we will eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus once and for all.