Car­bon­ear Ki­wa­nis ini­tia­tive a suc­cess, says mem­bers

The Compass - - THE COMPASS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

In malls, food banks and shel­ters across the prov­ince, the gen­eros­ity of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans was demon­strated through do­na­tions in co­pi­ous amounts of food, cloth­ing and gifts this Christ­mas sea­son.

Thou­sands of dol­lars worth of items went to lo­cals in need, but the Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear ar­ranged some­thing a lit­tle less con­ven­tional, and on the in­ter­na­tional scale.

The 30-plus mem­bers of the Car­bon­ear chap­ter have com­mit­ted count­less hours to rais­ing funds to the Elim­i­nate Project, a joint fundrais­ing ef­fort be­tween Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional and UNICEF. The project — cost­ing some $110 mil­lion — will help erad­i­cate a fatal disease in third world coun­tries.

The Car­bon­ear club has agreed to con­trib­ute to the ef­fort as part of the $1 mil­lion pledge from Canada and the Caribbean.

The cause

Ma­ter­nal/neonatal tetanus is a disease that kills a new­born in third world coun­tries ev­ery nine min­utes, ac­cord­ing to the Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional web­site. It could kill moth­ers who con­tract the disease as well.

This form of tetanus is found in un­hy­gienic en­vi­ron­ments where there is poor ster­il­iza­tion and lit­tle health­care avail­able.

Some 60,000 ba­bies per year lose their lives be­cause of tox­ins re­leased into the body from the bac­te­rial disease.

The pub­lic health agency of Canada says tetanus trav­els through the mus­cles of the body, which can be “ex­tremely painful ,” ( see­cvve/faq-dis-mal/tetanus-tetanoseng.php). It can also cause res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems and can lead to seizures.

This disease is pre­ventable. And that is why Ki­wa­nis took up the fiveyear elim­i­na­tion cause, with the hope to raise the money by the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 100th an­niver­sary in 2015.

It costs less than $2 to vac­ci­nate a per­son for the in­fec­tion.

The fundraiser

The club has been known for its mu­sic fes­ti­val and ra­dio auc­tion, but is be­com­ing more known for the work i t has done w i th o ther fundrais­ers. This most re­cent one is the most unique and per­sonal one yet — the Christ­mas gift box.

Each mem­ber of the club was given an en­ve­lope, and asked to sub­mit an anony­mous amount of money to­wards Elim­i­nate. They did not have to give, but they could give as much as they wanted.

Dur­ing the same time, eight busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als — known as friends of Ki­wa­nis — of­fered to match the do­na­tions up to a cer­tain amount.

On Dec. 5 the group met for their an­nual Christ­mas din­ner at Fong’s Restau­rant and Mo­tel , and the amount was re­vealed on how much was raised be­tween the group and the donors.

An ex­cit­ing $650 was raised by the group through per­sonal do­na­tions, but it was the gen­eros­ity of the friends that re­ally made an im­pact.

A to­tal of $3,000 was re­vealed to be t he amount of do­na­tions re­ceived to­wards the cause, with the help of Noel Mo­tors group of com­pa­nies, Car­bon­ear Phys­io­ther­apy, Al Web­ster (Cana­dian Tire dealer, Car­bon­ear), Peter’s and Sons Ltd., Aubrey Drover from AMD Hold­ings, KIXX Coun­try, Dr. Ai­den and Ann Drover and one donor who wished to re­main anony­mous.

Club pres­i­dent Danny But­ton and fi­nance com­mit­tee mem­ber Mil­ton Peach re­vealed a sign that read, “$3,000 means 1,500 moth­ers and their fu­ture ba­bies im­mu­nized against Tetanus.”

To date, the group has raised $8,400 for the cause.

Al­though the big re­veal was the high­light of the evening, the crowd was hon­oured with a spe­cial per­for­mance from the Cres­cent Col­le­giate vo­cal en­sem­ble and the school’s jazz band. Both were di­rected by Robert Col­bourne, the mu­sic teacher at the school.

Beau­ti­ful har­monies and mu­sic were heard for the first half of the event, fol­lowed by a Cor­nish hen din­ner.

The group took time to re­flect on the past year and give greet­ings to mem­bers and their fam­i­lies.

The next big event planned for 2014 is the an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val this Fe­bru­ary, which is ex­pected to be as en­ter­tain­ing as pre­vi­ous years.

The fi­nance com­mit­tee for the Car­bon­ear Ki­wa­nis Club be­gan the “gift box” fundraiser to raise money for the elim­i­nate project. The mem­bers are, from left, club pres­i­dent Danny But­ton, Ted Strick­land, Dave Gill, Dr. Ai­den Drover and Mil­ton Peach.

The gift box fundraiser raised $3,000 for vac­ci­na­tions against new­born/neonatal tetanus be­cause of donors like those listed on the club’s dis­play board. 1,500 moth­ers will get vac­ci­nated be­cause of this dona­tion.

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