The Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis have finished a five-year campaign that has raised $81,000 toward elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus globally.
The Kiwanis will celebrate with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Urbana Country Club. The reception also will mark the start of the Kiwanis program year leading into the club’s centennial year in 2021.
Kiwanis International and UNICEF have combined to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a deadly disease, in 46 countries through The Eliminate Project. Kiwanis International pledged to raise $110 million to control the disease through a vaccination program.
The C-U Kiwanis is a service club sponsoring programs to enrich local children’s lives, including pre-school literacy, youth baseball, and college scholarships, among other projects. None of the funds raised for the maternal/neonatal tetanus effort came from local fund raising programs(Peanuts Days, Pancake Breakfast, All for Kids Raffle). The club meets at noon Thursdays in the Champaign Holiday Inn.
In other Kiwanis news, Doug Fink of Human Kinetics was elected as 2019-20 president. He is the first person to serve two terms as president, having previously served in 2016-17.
Gail Broadie, a retired physical therapist, will be on the club board of directors as immediate past president. Greg Fink of Heartland Bank will continue as treasurer and Celeste Eichelberger of USI Insurance Services as secretary.
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