Elizabethtown Kiwanis member gives big for children


ELIZABETHTOWN — It was a big night of giving on Tuesday when the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown met at San Jose Restaurant for its monthly meeting.

The club received donations, made plans to start a Terrific Kids program at Elizabethtown Primary, and continued planning the Fifty-Fifty Fundraiser to support Bladen County Emergency Services Training Facility and the club’s children’s programs.

Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Mary Winfree accepted a donation from Elizabethtown Kiwanian Bruce Barbour in the amount of $2,500 for the “Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus” — a partnership between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to help eliminate MNT in the world. According to Kiwanis International, a series of three doses of the tetanus vaccine can protect a woman and her future babies at a cost of just $1.80.

That donation makes Barbour part of the Walter Zeller Fellowship with Kiwanis International.

Barbour also presented a check in the amount of $1,500 to the local club on behalf of his late sister, Pat Thompson. He said his sister Pat was very active with children’s clubs and programs out in California. Pat wanted to join a Kiwanis Club out west, but was not able to do so before she passed away. Therefore, the donation was made in her memory.

The members of the club committed to purchasing pencils and rulers to give out to Bladen County students as part of the Terrific Kids effort. More planning the Fifty-Fifty Fundraiser to support Bladen County Emergency Services Training Facility and the club’s children’s programs on Aug. 6 at Dublin Motor Speedway was also made.

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