Burbank, CA – In 2016 alone, the Burbank Noon Kiwanis donated over $33,000 to The Eliminate Project, bringing their 4-year donation total to over $44,000. Under the leadership of Burbank Kiwanis Eliminate Project Chairwoman Hazel Schrefel, and the support of Burbank’s La Providencia Guild, club members have collected donations through a number of channels. In particular, they have collected used clothes, shoes, and linens. These are then collected and sold by the San Fernando Valley rescue mission, Hope of the Valley, who sell the items in their thrift shop.
The Eliminate Project is a partnership between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eradicate neonatal and maternal tetanus in third world countries. Funds are used to inoculate pregnant women against tetanus, thus also inoculating the unborn child. Successfully eradicating neonatal and maternal tetanus will require inoculating over 100million mothers and their future children.
The Kiwanis Club of Burbank is a non-profit service club that is dedicated to serving the Burbank community. The club supports over 80 projects in the year in the Burbank community. They meet every Wednesday at Noon (excluding holidays) at the Burbank YMCA. From the Kiwanis International Website, “Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities.”
As a member club of Kiwanis International, Burbank Kiwanis is contributing to a network of almost 600,000 members in 80 countries that dedicate over 18 Million volunteer hours a year to serve children and their communities.