Eliminate Project

The Eliminate Project Reaches Goal of $110 Million USD

Through The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus—a deadly disease that steals the lives of nearly 49,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.

We did it! We reached our fundraising goal, raising US$110 million in cash and pledges since 2010. However, our job is not done yet.

Now, more than ever, we are determined to finish what we started. Mothers and babies in 21 countries are depending on Kiwanis. They’re waiting for us to fulfill our pledges—so we can turn promises into funding; funding into vaccines; and vaccines into lives saved and futures protected. The end of this disease means the beginning of better health for so many of these families.

Kiwanis offers a special thank you to our dedicated campaign volunteers and donors for their passionate and generous efforts to save and protect mothers and babies.

The Eliminate Project Reached $100 Million USD

Kiwanis International's Eliminate Project surpassed US$100 million in cash and pledges with the start of district conventions. Kiwanis' new total includes the Canadian government match and a record US$7.5 million raised in one weekend—the most money Kiwanis International has raised in such a short amount of time.

The fundraising fervor swept across Kiwanis during district conventions this month. Florida, Georgia, Illinois-Eastern Iowa, Montana, Nebraska-Iowa, Southwest and Texas-Oklahoma joined Austria, Belgium-Luxembourg, Capital, France-Monaco, Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee, New Jersey and Taiwan in making district-wide commitments.

“A renewed sense of energy, enthusiasm and commitment is building,” says The Eliminate Project Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay. “The Eliminate Project is creating a new culture of transformational giving throughout Kiwanis International.”

We have less than US$10 million left to raise in the next five months. This is an exciting and historic time for The Eliminate Project. Our victory over maternal and neonatal tetanus is not just achievable; it is inevitable.

"A world free of maternal and neonatal tetanus will soon be a reality,” says Kiwanis International President John Button. “It is a great accomplishment to pass the US$100 million fundraising mark. It is because of our Kiwanis members' devotion to the children of the world that families will no longer know the anguish and pain of losing a mother or baby to tetanus.”

Our collective efforts will help save or protect more than 55 million women and babies. That's enough children to fill 2.2 million kindergarten classrooms this fall.

Randy adds, “Our world-changing momentum continues. We can do this. Kiwanis, let’s finish what we started.”

Mauritania Eliminates MNT with help from Kiwanis

The World Health Organization’s validation survey confirmed that Mauritania has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). Thanks to the generosity of Kiwanis members around the world, UNICEF and its partners, 36 countries have now officially declared victory over the pain and suffering of MNT. We are changing the world.

Our friends from UNICEF Mauritania shared their appreciation in a special video message. We encourage you to watch the video and share it with friends and colleagues. 

“Now more than ever I am honored and blessed to be a part of such an amazing project that is truly saving lives,” says Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay. “Thank you for your continued support and dedication to The Eliminate Project that made this announcement possible. Our commitment is strong—23 countries remain at risk for MNT.”

With The Eliminate Project, we are part of the final push to eliminate MNT from the face of the Earth. Gifts from you and your club provide much-needed funds to protect the connection between mothers and babies. 


“These great strides wouldn’t be possible without the passion and commitment shown by each and every one of you,” says Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We are coming up on the last leg of the race. While there is work left to be done, with your continued support I know the day of an MNT-free world is on the horizon.”

Dr. Wague Diango smiles after examining 9-month-old Hadrami, seen here with his mother Mnowma. “There is a lot of science behind our work here,” Dr. Diango says. “But behind the science there is something else – love.”

Eliminate Project

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 49,000 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 US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

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.

Eliminate Update

The Kiwanis family has raised more than US$51 million in cash and commitments as of April 16, 2014, which will save or protect at least 28.3 million women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Several countries are planning immunizations campaigns this year. This includes activities aimed to immunize more than 3.7 million women of reproductive age in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), Haiti and Angola this month.

$100K Club pledges play a key role in these efforts. Pledge payments ensure UNICEF can carry out current immunization activities your. As a $100K Club member, I urge you to send in funds now. The faster contributions are received, the faster they can be used. As Kiwanis leaders, this is our chance to lead by example.

April 24, 2014 is Worldwide Report Day when Kiwanis International posts the updates and status reports on funds raised for Eliminate. Visit this link to see these reports .  

The Eliminate Project in Ottawa a success!

Our Club was proud to host Kiwanis International President Tom DeJulio and First Lady Rosemary, and Governor Peter Tudisco, at our luncheon on May 3rd. It was noted by many to be a fabulous luncheon and our 85 guests were impressed!

We were pleased to welcome our special guests and to receive greetings from Kiwanis International and District. UNICEF Canada President & CEO David Morley brought greetings from UNICEF and their positive feeling about another partnership with Kiwanis. The room was silent when KI VP Dr. John Button shared his heartfelt presentation on the Eliminate Project and the need for us to help.

Lisgar Key Club Spaghetti Dinner

Lisgar Collegiate KEY Club is hosting its annual "Spaghetti Dinner" on Friday from 18:30 – 22:00 .

Come out for a night of food and entertainment. With each ticket purchase you will receive a generous plate of spaghetti, baked goods, and have the opportunity to hear some of Lisgar's very own talented artists. There will also be a silent auction for all you big spenders.

Proceeds go towards the "Eliminate Project" so please come out and support this amazing cause.

Tickets are: $6 for student $8 for adult $10 at the door

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