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A new experience for a veteran volunteer

Sep 15, 2016
Chuck GugliKiwanis Picture 2uzza and his wife, Emilia, have a passion for serving children—it’s evident in their devotion to our Global Campaign for Children. Since The Eliminate Project kicked off during the 2010 Kiwanis International convention in Las Vegas, the two have served as campaign district coordinators and district advocates in Florida. Flash forward more than six years and their enthusiasm and determination remain as strong as ever.

Today, Chuck is preparing for a trip to Senegal where he will experience the project he loves firsthand. He is part of a Kiwanis delegation traveling with UNICEF to observe healthcare initiatives, including maternal and neonatal tetanus sustainability efforts. Senegal, located in Western Africa, eliminated MNT in 2012.

Read more about why Chuck  supports The Eliminate Project and what excites him about his upcoming trip to Senegal.

What excites you most about the trip to Senegal?
One can certainly stay motivated by regularly looking at photos; reading accounts, reports, and letters; and talking to all those involved with the campaign. However, I am grateful for this opportunity to be able to see first-hand the action in the field by UNICEF and their results. I am thrilled to be able to personally thank all those involved for their efforts as well as share their miracles with others around the world, in our district and back at our home club. I am excited for the opportunity to tell their story and carry their message.

Tell me how you first got involved with The Eliminate Project.
We were inspired not only by The Eliminate Project’s ambitious global, scale and the number of lives to be saved but by its simplicity. We became involved with the campaign on day one and continue to be advocates and supporters of The Eliminate Project through present day.

Why are you motivated to protect moms and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus?
I believe that as a Kiwanian, it is in our mindset to serve and help others—especially the children of the world. There are so many immediate, tangible results, but we find intangible results, too, as we persevere. When else do you get a chance to save lives? Whether that life is someone that we know or someone across the world who we may never meet, it is the simple fact that we are saving lives. We remain inspired that Kiwanians working together can change and improve the world one life at a time.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating?
In today’s world, there are so many different deserving organizations that we can contribute our treasures to. The Eliminate Project is about saving the lives of mothers and their newborns—and keeping the family bond strong. A mother and her newborn may never get the opportunity to say thank you. But think of the laughter of a newborn child and the love of the mother. Is that not enough? US$1.80 might not mean much to you, but to a mother and child it can be the difference between life and death. For less than the cost than a cup of coffee, you can save that life—and continue a family bond so that child, who one day may save my life, can continue to laugh and live.