AROUND TOWN: Kiwanis clubs teaming with UNICEF to eliminate deadly tetanus disease

September 18, 2013 Updated: September 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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Selling raffle tickets at the Sky Sox game were Dawn Ignatius, left, Woodland Park Kiwanis, Tom Martinez, Jr., lieutenant governor of Kiwanis Division 4, Ceacy Thatcher, Ute Pass Kiwanis, and front, Steve Hall, Monument Hill Kiwanis. 082513 Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Sky Sox baseball fans might have wondered if the "Eliminate" shirts and signs at the Aug. 25 game were referring to the Sacramento Rivercats. Turns out it was more of a worldly mission.

The Eliminate Project is a philanthropic effort by Kiwanis International and UNICEF to wipe out the deadly maternal and neonatal tetanus that worldwide kills 60,000 babies and a large number of women each year. The goal is to immunize 100 million mothers and their babies-to-be at a cost of $1.80 for each shot.

Kiwanis members from the Rocky Mountain District combined a family day at the ballpark with fundraising and public awareness, selling "I Saved a Baby Today" stickers for $2 to cover one shot.

Participating clubs: Colorado Springs Kiwanis Club, Pikes Peak, Rampart Range, Woodland Park, Monument Hill, Manitou Springs.

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