Kiwanis concert to raise funds for tetanus vaccines is Sunday

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

The Kiwanis annual concert to raise money for tetanus vaccines in third-world countries is scheduled for Sunday in Nevada.

The concert, featuring two dozen different performances, is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium on the corner of H Avenue and 15th Street.

Kiwanian Joel Hutcheson said the concert raises money for Kiwanis International’s Eliminate project. Over the past three years, the Nevada concert has raised $10,000 for the project, he said.

Hutcheson said money raised helps vaccinate newborns and their mothers against tetanus. He said knives used to cut the baby’s umbilical cord at birth are often contaminated, spreading the tetanus bacteria to the baby and mother, causing the baby to die within two weeks, and posing a serious health risk to the mother.

UNICEF is administering the vaccines and Kiwanis International is providing $110 million to fund the effort, Hutcheson said.

Admission to Sunday’s concert is free. Donations will be accepted and a silent auction will also be held.