The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman is joining a global campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
The disease kills one baby every nine minutes, and while it is no longer present in the Cayman Islands, it remains prevalent in 25 countries, including Haiti.
“We often take for granted how blessed we are in Cayman with the availability of doctors and nurses on island to go to when we are sick,” said president of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, Kadi Pentney. “This is more than the thousands of innocent babies and mothers have in the 25 countries that we are trying to eliminate MNT in.”
In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis International hopes to wipe out the virus by 2015.
“By donating to this great cause, you are saving the lives of the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies and giving them access to healthcare that they would otherwise not receive,” said Ms. Pentney.
To raise money for the “Eliminate” project, the Kiwanis are hosting a happy hour from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Sea Alissa, the home of Al and Melissa Thompson at 705 South Church St., across from Smith Cove.
“This is our first fundraiser for the ‘Eliminate’ project. However, our Key Clubs have done a few small fundraisers as well and will be doing several next week in their schools,” said Ms. Pentney.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $50, which includes all-you-can-drink bubbles, Caybrew and red or white wine, sponsored by Jacques Scott and Caybrew, and canapés supplied by Craft. Alternatively, donations can be made online at www.kiwanis.ky/eliminate.