For the seventeenth year, the Kiwanis Club of Evanston through its international offices are pairing with UNICEF for a very special Halloween treat. When children trick or treat, they will be asking for change for their UNICEF partners.
The UNICEF project is dubbed ELIMINATE with the goal of eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This deadly disease kills 60,000 babies and 30,000 mothers each year. Moreover, the systems of MNT are excruciating. Victims suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity of light and touch before they die.
Dr. Scott Hopf, an Evanston dentist and chair of the Kiwanis project, urges all school children to participate and asks those who participate in the Halloween festivities to understand the goal behind the UNICEF contributions. Hopf says that Evanston/Skokie school children have collected over $61,000 for UNICEF over the past seventeen years.
No fees are taken by Kiwanis or UNICEF in this effort. A previous project was the elimination of Iodine Deficiency Syndrome which caused mental retardation if not treated. Kiwanis International and UNICEF were successful in their efforts to eliminate IDD.
If you are interested in knowing more about the ELIMINATE project, Dr. Hopf can be contacted at 847-475-4270. If your child’s school is interested in participating, Dr. Hopf can supple a complete list of Evanston schools involved in the project. The project is open to all Evanston schools, public, private and parochial.