Van Tech Key Club presents: 24 Hour Famine

The Problem

To raise awareness for starving children around the world and raise funds for the 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 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. 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. Key Clubs around the world have worked under Kiwanis and UNICEF to join 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.

Plan of Action

Last year, we were able to hold a famine at a community centre and had an attendance of 20 students participating. We were able to raise money while having tons of fun. This year, we hope to make the famine even bigger and better by introducing it to other schools and the local community. This way, we hope to raise a greater sum of money and awareness for children in need, especially for the Eliminate Project. Participants at this year's famine will spend a whole 24 hours with us doing various activities with an empty stomach!

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