October deeds pay off during December needs


Connie Yi

Some students collected donations while trick-or-treating.

Connie Yi, Staff Writer

It’s that time of the year again; one by one people go get their flu shots and hand sanitizer — anything to keep them safe throughout the winter.

However, for many people living in different parts of the world, going to a hospital and receiving a vaccination is not realistic.

“This year, Key Club International has partnered with UNICEF to try and combat Maternal Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) in poorer countries,” said Key Club President Brandon Lee.

According to the UNICEF website, this deadly disease takes the lives of nearly 49,000 babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are incredibly painful — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and become extremely sensitive to light and touch.

One of the many ways to help out those affected by the disease is to raise money and awareness. Each year, UNICEF and the Kiwanis family collaborate on the ongoing fundraiser Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, which runs from October to December.

The “$1.80 Saves A Baby” fundraiser aims to provide a series of vaccinations to immunize a mother and her future babies forever. Immunization requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff, and other resources. When compared to the price of a cup of coffee, “it is a small price for a life-saving vaccine,” said Junior Belinda Yu.

Students received a box to collect donations while trick-or-treating.

“We’ve had lots of help from our students. [Since] all it takes is $1.80 to save a mother and her future baby, [it’s easy for] students to ask others to donate to this worthy cause,” said junior Laura Wong.

Carlmont’s Key club has already raised approximately $440, but will continue collecting until Dec. 10.

Key Club plans to send the money to UNICEF to help fund The Eliminate Project, which administrates the vaccinations.