By Pat Patterson, Specialist, The Eliminate Project
It’s easy to underestimate the power of a number. A number has the power to make a call to action. For example, the 6:30 a.m. flashing on my alarm clock this morning jolted me out of bed to begin another exciting day at the Circle K International Convention.
Numbers are an important part of the convention, and I use numbers to spread awareness of The Eliminate Project. It’s amazing to see how moved the students attending the convention are to learn about the number 9: that one baby dies every 9 minutes from maternal and neonatal tetanus. I’m inspired watching them instantly move from their initial shock to action—asking what they may do to help. Here at the convention, students constantly ask me what they can do to help eliminate MNT.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many students in one place who are truly excited to serve. I overheard a student telling another that he can’t wait to bring information about The Eliminate Project back to his club. And that brings us to one of the most important numbers, which constantly grows – the number of people dedicated to supporting our cause. The more people we have supporting The Eliminate Project, the easier it will be to reach our fundraising goal of US $110 million by 2015. The Kiwanis family has the power to help eliminate MNT. Now we need the commitment—from every member in every club.
“I don’t think any mother should have to deal with the pain of not being able to touch her child when it’s born,” said Crystal Poe from Concord University. Angela Palusczak from the University of Akron said: “it’s a great project for Kiwanis and CKI to join together for one goal!”
Catch some of the excitement from the CKI students at their convention. See what they are saying on Twitter by using the #ckiICON and #elimin8 hashtags. And then help us grow our number of supporters by joining The Eliminate Project on Facebook, on Twitter @EliminateMNT, and by sharing your excitement as well.