2017-02-15 / Top News

Metro-MacGregor Kiwanis raise nearly $27K for global project

The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis club reached its pledge goal of $26,250 to The Eliminate Project.

In addition to that donation, the club’s sponsored youth organization, Cypress Lake Middle School Builders Club, has raised $1,600 towards Eliminate.

The Eliminate Project is a partnership between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. MNT is a painful disease that kills one baby every nine minutes, or about 160 newborns each day, and a significant number of women.

The donation from the Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis will save 14,580 women and children from MNT. As of Dec. 23, Kiwanians around the globe have raised $110 million in cash and pledges.

Maternal and neonatal tetanus takes 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.

The disease is typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices.

The goal of the project is to eliminate this swift, painful and highly preventable disease by immunizing women of childbearing age, which will not only protect them, but also their future babies.

“I am proud that our club has contributed to Florida being ranked fourth in the world for total funds raised,” said Eliminate fundraising club chair Bill Grant, “It is a testament to our mission to serve the children of the world.”

Since 1999, UNICEF and partners have eliminated MNT in 41 countries, including Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Cote d’ Ivoire and Iraq.

As of January 2017, MNT remains a public health threat in 18 countries.

For more information about The Eliminate Project, visit www.TheEliminateProject.org.

The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Myers.

For details on joining the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, call membership chair Stewart Ross at (507) 304-1624 or club president Harris Segel at 939-4027. Interested individuals can also email stewart.ross@mnsu.edu or harris@pampered-pooch.com.

The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club can be found on Facebook or online at www.metro-mcgregor.com. ¦

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