Kiwanis out to ‘Eliminate’ MNT
Three long-time members of the Fairfield Kiwanis Club were presented with the Walter Zeller Fellowship award recently. Presenting the awards was president Howard Hunt, right. Recipients, from left, Dick Bogner, Don Kremer and Marvin Septer were given a certificate, lapel pin and a special medallion. A Zeller Fellowship is earned with a one-time gift or two-year consecutive pledge of $1,250 to the Eliminate project. Fairfield Kiwanis made these gifts in the name of the recipients. The Eliminate project, Kiwanis’ global campaign for children uniting with UNICEF, is designed to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus from the earth, saving the lives of 100 million mothers and their future babies in 24 countries around the world. MNT kills one baby every nine minutes. The effects are excruciating. Newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. There is little hope of survival of the babies, and MNT can kill the mothers, too. The cost is an expected $110 million. Just $1.80 will provide three doses of immunization to the mothers, who pass on the immunity to their babies. At present, just more than half of the total has been raised. Fairfield Kiwanis has pledged $750 per member to the cause. Anyone caring to help can contact any of the above members.