Changing the world, one child and community at a time, takes many forms for the Kiwanis Club of Athens.
Our signature fund-raising event—The Birchmore Memorial 5K Race—raises money that is donated to more than a dozen Athens-Clarke County organizations, including The Ark, Books for Keeps, the Clarke County Mentoring Program, Extra Special People, Reading Ally, and more.
We provide hands-on support for Stroud Elementary School by reading to children, helping in the media center, staffing school-wide events, recognizing Stroud’s hard-working teachers, and donating funds and materials for Strud students.
We spend an evening each month at Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, sorting food and performing other tasks to ensure families in need have access to nutritious food.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus can turn the joy of childbirth into tragedy. Its effects are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. There is little hope of survival.
New mothers also can die from tetanus, having come in contact with tetanus spores that are found in soil everywhere. The disease strikes the poorest of the poor, the geographically hard to reach and those without health care.
While maternal and neonatal tetanus has been eliminated in many countries, it still kills one baby every nine minutes ino the 25 countries where it still infects many mothers and babies.
In 2010, Kiwanis International joined the worldwide effort to eliminate neonatal and maternal tetanus by raising $110 million by the end of 2015. These funds will purchase the three doses of a 60-cent immunization that will protect both expectant mothers and their future babies. The Kiwanis Club of Athens has pledged to raise $30,000.
To read more about the Eliminate Project visit this website: