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Key Club Raises Funds and Awareness for MNT Prevention

Caroline Lee

Staff Writer

During the week of May 5, 2014, AHS’s Key Club celebrated Eliminate Week to bring awareness to the Eliminate Project.

This project spreads from Key Clubs across the world as the organization raises money for women and children in third world countries affected by Maternal Neonatal Tetanus.  To bring this disease to the attention of AHS students, Key Club organized activities during the week with a different theme each day and posted flyers and posters around the campus encouraging students to donate.

“Tetanus is a disease that infects newborns and women when they are exposed to unsanitary conditions and tools in hospitals,” junior and Key Club President Jacky Tsang said.  “It causes them to feel extreme pain to touch and light. Key Club works to eliminate that from over sixty countries and it has been eliminated in over twenty-five countries.”

Throughout the week, donation containers like this one were passed around the school for students to deposit spare change.  Key Club raised more than they expected and all the funds will go to the Eliminate Project’s efforts.  “I feel so honored to hold such an important position for such a great cause and I hope that we have definitely spread the word about eliminating MNT in this world,” junior Chloris Li said. PC: Chloris Li
Throughout the week, donation containers like this one were passed around the school for students to deposit spare change. Key Club raised more than they expected and all the funds will go to the Eliminate Project’s efforts. “I feel so honored to hold such an important position for such a great cause and I hope that we have definitely spread the word about eliminating MNT in this world,” junior Chloris Li said. PC: Chloris Li

Tsang commented that as President, his main concern was with motivating his own officers and making sure people acknowledge the less fortunate.

“Since this only happens in third world countries, not many people are aware of this disease, so I’m trying to send a message to people and encouraging them to help the innocent people who are dying,” Tsang said.

Nevertheless, the club managed not only to bring awareness to Maternal Neonatal Tetanus, but also to raise some money for the cause.

“When we were planning this, our goal was to raise one hundred dollars, but the officers and I have raised over one hundred fifty,” Tsang said.  “Considering this is our first year doing this, I find this pretty successful since we were pretty clueless on how to raise funds.”

Junior Chloris Li also agreed with the event’s success, describing situations she experienced throughout the week.

“Many people came up to me to ask for more information about MNT and many more were inspired to donate to this wonderful organization,” Li said. “With the care and love that our student body and faculty inhibits, I am sure that MNT will be eliminated in no time!”

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