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Saturday breakfast to raise funds for Kiwanis/UNICEF program

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Members of the Jefferson Breakfast Kiwanis Club are asking for the community’s help in working toward eradication of maternal and neonatal tetanus throughout the world.

They hope to do that by hosting a pancake breakfast and basket raffle from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church’s Macsherry Parish Center, 227 Sherman St.

“This is the first fundraiser our club has done at the local level,” said Kristin Reed, club member. “We hope that whatever we raise is just going to be Watertown’s little part in such a global problem.”

The Eliminate Project, an initiative of UNICEF and Kiwanis, aims to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by raising funds for the distribution of vaccines. According to Kiwanis’s website, three doses of a 60-cent immunization will protect mothers and their unborn babies.

Local obstetrician-gynecologist Walter Dodard will speak at 9 a.m. at the breakfast to educate attendees about the widespread maternal and neonatal tetanus problem in Haiti. Dr. Dodard, a native of Haiti, makes two group mission trips a year to the country to assist in medical treatment of residents there.

“Haiti is one of the countries definitely affected by it,” he said. “It’s 32 to 36 deaths per 1,000.”

According to Kiwanis, maternal and neonatal tetanus still exists in 26 countries throughout the world.

Ms. Reed said there is no specific fundraising goal for the event since it is the first of its kind. The club meets from 7 to 8 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the conference room at Denny’s, Arsenal Street. She said the club is looking for new members.

Tickets to the breakfast, which includes pancakes, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee, are $4 for children under the age of 12, $7 for adults or $20 for families. For more information, email pjaacks@gmail.com.

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