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Trek against tetanus

Jan 23, 2014
A walk across the Swiss landscape raises money for The Eliminate Project.

When it was time to raise money to save and protect mothers and babies, Division 9 of the Switzerland-Liechtenstein District decided to take a hike.

A trek through the great outdoors did more than clear the mind and exercise the body. The division’s 10 Kiwanis clubs, led by Lieutenant Governor Rudolf Obrecht, raised SFr. 10,000 for The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International’s Global Campaign to virtually eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

The scheduled hikes, each lasting no longer than 70 minutes, took the Kiwanians through the rolling hills of the Emmenthal and included a stop midway. The outings always concluded by “chance” at a Gasthaus for a meal and drinks. There they noted the kilometers they had covered, generating SFr. 5 per kilometer from their clubs’ social funds. The amount was notarized and a group photo was taken celebrating their accomplishments.

“Towards evening in the period from 9 April 2013 to 3 July 2013,” Obrecht reports, “somewhere in the flat midlands or the gently rolling hills of the Emmenthal, a line of people wound their way like a colorful Tatzelwurm through the area in a good mood, dressed casually, mostly wearing hiking boots and windbreakers, chatting and discussing. Often there was a stop somewhere about the mid-point, where they took advantage of the opportunity to learn something about the past or culture of where they were.” —Catherine Usher

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