A hundred kids from five children’s homes in Ipoh had a blast on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Meru Valley, as part of its global service club’s centennial celebration.
This year, Kiwanis International celebrates a hundred years of service with special focus on children, with its motto “Serving the Children of the World”.
Members of Kiwanis Club of Meru Valley took it upon themselves to celebrate this remarkable milestone, which is only observed in three cities in Malaysia, namely Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh.
President of Kiwanis International (2014/15) Dr. John Button visited Malaysia, besides Philippines and Taiwan in Asia, also some other countries before he returns to the Kiwanis headquarters in Indianapolis, United States of America, for the grand celebration in June. The actual anniversary date is January 21.
The grand ballroom of Tower Regency Hotel was transformed into a large indoor carnival ground for the children, where members and volunteers of Kiwanis Club of Meru Valley designed and hand made ten different games for them to participate in, with exciting gifts to win and redeem.
The kids, from Vision Home, Praise Home, Good Shepherd Home, EDUFUN Learning Centre and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Dan Miskin Ar-Ridwani also had their wishes granted when Kiwanis Club of Meru Valley distributed a hundred gifts to the kids based on each child’s wish list.
According to Dr. Button, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child smile. He expressed hope that this would be the first of an annual event!
Kiwanis is a global organisation of volunteers dedicated to improving the community one at a time, by serving its children and developing youth leaders. Kiwanis Club of Meru Valley is one of the 54 clubs in Malaysia, where the first club was chartered in 1976.
Kiwanis International is on a mission to eradicate maternal/neonatal tetanus (MNT) by 2015, partnering with UNICEF in The Eliminate Project. MNT occurs when tetanus spores infect open cuts of a mother or her child during childbirth. Those at the highest risk are mothers and babies who have little or no access to proper health care, due to poverty or living in remote locations.
While only US$1.80 is needed to provide one woman with three doses of the tetanus vaccine to protect her including her future babies, the entire project requires US$110 million to immunise 129 million mothers and their babies across 38 countries in the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
Event: Kiwanis Centennial Celebration Carnival
Venue: Tower Regency Hotel, Ipoh
Date: 28th March, 2015
Time: from 3pm
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