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Circle K aims to eliminate Tetanus

October 29, 2015

 

Circle K International members raise money and awareness for Maternal Neonatal Tetanus outside of the student center–Photo by Frededreia Willis

Circle K International members raise money and awareness for Maternal Neonatal Tetanus outside of the student center–Photo by Frededreia Willis

MICHAEL HOGE

Staff Reporter | mph027@latech.edu

 

The Louisiana Tech chapter of Circle K International held its Eliminate Project on October 21 and 22, raising money and awareness for eliminating Maternal Neonatal Tetanus.

 

“Its people in mainly third world countries, mothers and their babies affected by tetanus,” said Victoria Vanover, a speech pathology sophomore.

“160 babies die a day in said countries from MNT and a $1.80 can buy the immunization needed to save lives,” said Camille Savoie, a mechanical engineering sophomore.

 

“We’re abundantly blessed with all the resources, so why not help out where we can,” Vanover said.

 

Savoie said the endeavor is one of the first service projects of the year, another example being Fall Fest.

 

Having been to Nicaragua and seeing how needy they are is a contrast to first world countries like the U.S. she said.

 

According to the Kiwanis’ Eliminate Project web page, MNT spores present in soil come into contact with open wounds during childbirth.

 

It causes painful, repeated convulsions and extreme light and touch sensitivity leading to a probable death of a newborn baby, and  can kill the mother too.

 

“My roommates and I wanted to all do some service, so we decided to join together,” said Natalie Alfandre, a sophomore speech pathology and family child studies double major.

 

Alfandre said she found Circle K through E-mails last year and a friend who talked about it often.

 

“I was involved in Key Club in high school and Circle K is a continuation of that,” Vancover said.

 

Vanover said Key Club is for high schoolers and Circle K is for college students, both of which are offshoots of the  man Kiwanis organization.

 

“I’ve been on a mission trip and I like to do service, so I thought it’d be a good club for me to join,” Savoie said.

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