2018: Kiwanis year in review

Sarah Moreland Byrne | Dec 21, 2018

Kiwanis family helped kids and communities in 2018

Kiwanians saw the smiles and heard the laughter of thousands of children in 2018.

Kiwanis-family members successfully completed another year helping kids thrive, prosper and grow. From providing disaster relief and eliminating a preventable disease for thousands of babies and mothers in Kenya to supporting projects for children worldwide, 2018 was an incredible year of helping communities.

Here are just a few of this year’s awe-inspiring projects and events:

  • The Kiwanis Children’s Fund distributed US$555,000 to help Kiwanis-family members carry out child-focused projects worldwide in the 2017-18 Kiwanis year.
  • From chilly Toronto to the warm beaches of the Caribbean, from parades in Panama to little free libraries in the Pacific Northwest, Kiwanis-family members around the world celebrated Kiwanis One Day the best way we know how: by helping kids and communities everywhere.

Kiwanis Club of Toronto

  • Kiwanis members from around the world came together for the MNT Challenge at the 2018 Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas, raising US$502,282.72 to save and protect mothers and babies through The Eliminate Project.

Dr Andrew Morgan and The Peguin Project

  • As of December 20, 415 more communities have been introduced to Kiwanis in 2018, which means more children will have the opportunity to thrive, prosper and grow.

But that’s not all! Here’s what Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs accomplished in 2018:

CKI: Circle K International members are well on their way to raising US$60,000 for WASH, a five-year clean water and sanitation education project with UNICEF. About $11,000 was raised by 2017-18 Circle K International President Justin Crofoot of the University of Alabama, who walked 115 miles in one month as a fundraiser — and inspired other college students to do so too.

Key Club: Key Club members are closing in on their goal of raising US$3 million for The Eliminate Project by 2020. Thanks in part to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, Key Club has raised more than $250,000 this year.

Ten Key Clubs across the U.S. collectively earned more than US$13,000 in grants from Nickelodeon’s HALO Movement for service projects ranging from building a wheelchair-accessible treehouse for a local playground to sending hygiene supplies to children in Guatemala to distributing backpacks of food at a school where 74 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. See the full list of winners. 

Aktion Club: Kiwanis’ service leadership program for adults with disabilities celebrated the inaugural Aktion Club Week with special recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives. 

K-Kids and Builders Club: Kiwanis’ programs for elementary and middle school students saw record growth this year: K-Kids clubs are now in 1,455 communities, and Builders Clubs exist in 1,574 schools. K-Kids members at Pinecrest School in Annandale, Virginia, helped kick off Read & Lead , a new program offered by Kiwanis International and Penguin Random House. The program combines literacy and service by exploring one of five themes: bullying prevention, the environment, hunger, literacy and Ordinary People Change the World.   

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