Kiwanis One Day celebrated around the world

Vicki Hermansen | Oct 26, 2021

Kiwanis One Day 2021

From shining a light on Kiwanis volunteers to making sure children have food, diapers and books, Kiwanis clubs around the world joined in service on October 23.

Kiwanis One Day, traditionally held on the fourth Saturday in October, gives clubs the opportunity to serve with youth clubs and Aktion Club, as well as other Kiwanis clubs in their division. It’s the one day that clubs around the world are joined in service.  

After a year when service projects were halted by COVID-19, many clubs chose projects to help those whose lives have been affected by the global pandemic.  

The Kiwanis Club of Arc-en-Ciel in Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean, delivered baskets of breakfast essentials to 30 local children. Club president Guylène Dunkan said the project will continue every month.  

one day_turn_over_garden_ati_3In the Philippine South District, the Kiwanis Club of Kalibo and the Kiwanis Club of Golden Salakot Aklan embarked on two projects. Club members gave boxes of baby items to new mothers in need and helped with agricultural/environmental needs for the Ati, the indigenous people of the area. Club members provided garden tools and vegetable seed packets.  

In the Bahamas in the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District, the Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco planted coconut, mango, pear and other fruit trees throughout a park in Central Pines Abaco. The club began the effort last year after Hurricane Dorian destroyed trees in the area. The club also painted tables, benches and signs for the park.

The Central Abaco club was joined by the Builders Club of Patrick J. Bethel High and Abaco Community Key Club. Volunteers followed social distancing guidelines as they worked with local government officials.  

Several clubs in Nepal worked together on a blood donation program. Participating clubs included the Kiwanis Club of Kathmandu Sunshine, the Kiwanis Club of Kathmandu Mahanagar and the Kiwanis Club of Tarkeshwor.

In the Ohio District of Kiwanis in the United Sates, the Kiwanis Club of Lima — along with a member of the Ohio State University Circle K International Club and members of the Aktion Club of Allen County and K-Kids and Builders Club members — volunteered at the West Ohio Food Bank. Participants assembled at least 160 boxes of food, which cumulatively weighed more than 5,600 pounds.

In another food project, the Kiwanis Club of Northside Naples in the Florida District worked with seven Key Clubs and JROTC members to pack 62,000 meals for Meals of Hope.  

Also in Florida, the Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes participated in the Stride for Breast Cancer Walk in Fort Lauderdale as their Kiwanis One Day project.  

Elsewhere in the United States, the Kiwanis Club of Kankakee in the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District held a book drive. Books for children through age 8 were collected to support the reopening of a daycare that had been closed during the pandemic. The club partnered with the local YMCA for the project.  

And in the Indiana District, the Kiwanis Club of Muncie worked with the Ball State University CKI Club and the university’s Indiana Academy Key Club at the East Central Indiana Teacher Drive-Thru event. More than $126,000 in donated classroom supplies were distributed to K-12 teachers, including face masks, pencils, paper, poster board, bulletin board kits, STEM books and glue.  

one_day_italy_2021A fun project by a Kiwanis Club in Italy offered plant-carving workshops with an award-winning chef. Aktion Club members watched the chef carve flowers and animals from fruits and vegetables during the event.

In Toronto, Canada, the CN Tower — Canada’s national tower — was lit blue in honor of Kiwanis One Day.  

To see more Kiwanis One Day events, search #KiwanisOneDay on Twitter and Instagram.


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