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July 12, 2013
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UNICEF, Kiwanis team up for Eliminate Project

Next time you spot a penny on the sidewalk, instead of strolling past thinking “It’s not even worth picking up,” scoop up the coin and throw it in a jar. A collection of pennies, dimes and nickels adds up.

It only takes $1.80 to save a mother and her future children from the lethal neo-natal tetanus disease. In 28 countries, mothers and newborns still die this painful death.

UNICEF and Kiwanis International have joined forces in an effort to eliminate this disease worldwide and have already provided enough vaccines to wipe out tetanus in 31 countries.

A Spin-a-Thon — set for 5-8 p.m. on July 26 at the Grass Valley South Yuba Club — will raise funds for the Eliminate Project. For a $10 optional donation, participants can spin or take Qigong, T’ai Chi or Zumba classes. Anyone may participate.

Kiwanis International is a fraternal organization with a focus on youth. Locally, Gold Country Kiwanians raise money for the children’s art programs through an annual auction. They buy school clothing for needy children and equip them with fully loaded backpacks.

Kiwanians provide sponsorship to the high schools’ Key Club programs for emerging leaders, work together with youth on projects who man the Treat Street Kiwanis booth during the fair. Through the Key Clubs, students learn the joy of giving back to the community. Scholarships are awarded to one graduating senior each year by the club.

For more information on the Spin-a-Thon or to make a donation, contact Jan Westmore at 530-265-0718.

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The Union Updated Jul 12, 2013 05:58PM Published Jul 17, 2013 01:28AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.