Smithfield presented a check to the Kiwanis Club to help provide for the sausage that is used at the annual Pancake and Sausage Fest, to be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27.
The proceeds from the event support the children of our community. Kiwanis sponsors Terrific Kids in all elementary schools and Key Clubs in every high school, including Harrells, Kiwanis gives out over $5,000 annually in scholarships to high school seniors and thousands more to support community projects such as Backpack Buddies, the Chamber Coat Closet, CHS Renaissance, NC Boys & Girls Home, Fitness Renaissance, and many more.
Since 2010, Kiwanis International has been partnering with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide. MNT is extremely painful and takes the life of an infected infant, usually from unsterile surgical tools, within a matter of days.
The good news is MNT is treatable through vaccinations to mothers at a cost of only $1.80. Kiwanis has raised $104 million of its $110 million goal to help vaccinate 61 million women. In the past four years, Kiwanis has already helped eliminate MNT in many countries and only 21 remain[sites.kiwanis.org] where it is deemed an ongoing health concern.
The Clinton Kiwanis Club does pledge a portion of its funds every year to the eliminate project.