'Eliminate Walk' to benefit Kiwanis Club projects

ALBANY — Several area Kiwanis clubs and sponsored affiliates are joining together in a fundraiser aimed at helping to eliminate a major health menace to infants and their mothers in undeveloped countries.

Project Eliminate is an international joint effort of Kiwanis clubs and UNICEF aimed at eradicating maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that takes the lives of an estimated 60,000 babies and a significant number of mothers annually. The disease causes babies to suffer from repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To help battle the malady, an “Eliminate Walk” is set for Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Darton College Activity Field at 2429 Gillionville Road in Albany. Proceeds from walk sponsorships will go toward the worldwide goal of $110 million for the immunization of mothers and their future babies, including funding for vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, and skilled staff.

Area walk sponsors are the Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club, key coordinator of the event; the Kiwanis clubs of Dougherty County, Lee County, and Albany; the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Albany; the Deerfield-Windsor and Lee County High School Key Clubs; and the Darton College Circle K Club.