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Rallying Kiwanis clubs to end tetanus

May 06, 2016
Being a Kiwanis member runs in the Norland family. Matt Norland, now in his 30s, recalls growing up to Kiwanis stories shared by his grandfather and father. It is fitting that Matt followed their path into the Kiwanis family. Today, Matt is the past president of the Mankato Downtown club in Minnesota and The Eliminate Project district advocate for Minnesota-Dakotas.

“Kiwanis has been a part of who I am since I was quite young,” Matt says. “I believe it will continue to be an important part of my life for years to come.”

Matt shares more about his experience with The Eliminate Project. Read below.

Why are you motivated to protect moms and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to serving the children of the world. Since I joined Kiwanis approximately 10 years ago; our local club has focused on many service projects serving the children in our own community. This continues to be an important part of who we are as a club; however it means so much to know we are making a difference globally through The Eliminate Project. How many times does Kiwanis International call upon local clubs to come together to support a greater worldwide cause such as eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus? How many times can we use our strength in numbers to accomplish an important goal such as this? It doesn’t happen too often; and when Kiwanis calls we should join together for the greater good of truly serving the children of the world.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of donating?
How often do you have an opportunity to save a life? What kind of legacy do you want to leave? This is the time to support an incredible project that supports our mission as Kiwanians. Will you consider joining us as we protect innocent lives from MNT?

What do you enjoy most about volunteering for The Eliminate Project?

This is a project that shows how Kiwanis can make a difference by rallying our members worldwide and partnering with UNICEF. We will eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus and we will accomplish our goal.