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Have fun, raise funds this fall to eliminate MNT

Sep 16, 2013

A fundraiser doesn’t have to be huge endeavor. Take advantage of what’s already on your club, family, neighborhood and school schedules this fall to educate and raise funds for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. Your club could:

Clean out and clean up. Forget “spring” cleaning; when seasons change, old stuff turns up to sell, plus crisper fall temps make sales more shoppable. Find a clear garage, deliver items the week before and gather Saturday to sell it all. Give out brochures, show inspirational videos and charge prices aligned with costs; sell small items for US$1.80 (saves or protects one woman and her future babies), medium for US$5.40 (saves three) and each big-ticket US$180 item saves 100+ lives. Hail shoppers on their deals—and lives saved.

Rake in the leafy green. You have to do it anyway. Why not get sponsors for every bag you fill with leaves, in your own yard and for others? One bag = US$1.80 and one woman vaccinated. Raking is exercise, it’s eco-friendly and builds community when you and your club’s Service Leadership Programs rake for others at US$18/yard, more than 10 lives saved, plus per bag-sponsorship. Then crown the Leaf King and Leaf Queen at your November meeting.

Make marshmallow money. At your club’s fall festival, campfire cookout or tailgate, sell US$1.80 pre-made marshmallow-roasting kits in addition to your other regular activities. One kit saves or protects one woman and her future babies. Provide extra supplies for spare change, giving each marshmallow fan a card from the Deck of Inspiration or information on The Eliminate Project to boost awareness.

You’ll find additional fundraising ideas and more at www.TheEliminateProject.org/resources. Don’t forget to share your fall fundraising ideas with us as well as post pictures from your activities on The Eliminate Project Facebook page or Twitter account.