With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating - tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million - and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
The Estherville Noon Kiwanis Club has pledged money to do its part in eliminating maternal and neonatal tennis.
Currently, the local club is holding a raffle to raise funds. Tickets are one for $5, three for $10 or seven for $20. The prizes are as follows.
n Grand prize - Weekend at Billings Lake Home from Ken and Evie Billings ($500 value)
n Estherville Chamber Bucks from Employees Credit Union, Citizens Credit Union, Northwest Bank, Bank Plus and NorthStar Bank ($350 value)
n Gift certificate and chamber bucks from Houseman Oil Company and Kiwanis ($100 value)
n Gift certificate and chamber bucks from Hy Vee and Kiwanis ($100 value)
n Gift certificate, Estherville Lincoln Central Midget Blanket and Estherville Bag from Fareway and Estherville Chamber ($60 value).
Previously Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
To purchase a ticket, contact Jennifer at 712-209-2059 or any Kiwanian. The drawing will be held Tuesday, April 1. You do not need to be present to win.