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Cycle of life

September 2015 

September 2015 Kiwanis magazine cover

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, Bert van der Kroft got onto his bicycle in his hometown of Valkenswaard in the Netherlands and he started riding. His goals were simple. He wanted some time alone. Time to reflect on and celebrate life—his own as well as that of his late wife, Gerrie, who passed away about six years ago. He wanted to xperience places and cultures and meet new people. He wanted to document the journey through photography and writing. And he wanted to spread awareness about two causes close to his heart: The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus and Future Kids Ghana, a nonprofit focused on providing favorable environments for education to children in Ghana.

Here is a man, a Kiwanian. He’s a retired entrepreneur. A widower. An adventurer. A man with a big heart and a mission to not only live his life to the fullest but to make sure children around the world have the same chance.

Read your September 2015 Kiwanis magazine and learn how Castellar, her Federal Way, Washington, Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis International Foundation are improving lives and communities in the remote Honduran cloud forest.

The September issue of Kiwanis magazine also includes:

  • A writer learns that to be a mentor, half the battle is just showing up.
  • To mark Kiwanis' centennial, clubs worldwide do what they do best: service.
  • Florida fifth-graders learn STEM skills and have a blast. Literally.

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