For the 17th year, the Kiwanis Club of Evanston through its international offices is pairing with UNICEF for a special Halloween treat. When children trick-or- treat, they will be asking for change for their UNICEF partners.

The UNICEF project is dubbed ELIMINATE with the goal of eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).   This deadly disease kills 60,000 babies and 30,000 mothers each year. Moreover, the symptoms of MNT are excruciating.  Victims suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity of light and touch before they die.  

Dr. Scott Hopf, an Evanston dentist and chair of the Kiwanis project, urges all school children to participate and asks those who participate in the Halloween festivities to understand the goal behind the UNICEF contributions. He says Evanston/Skokie school children have collected over $61,000 for UNICEF over the past 17 years. 

No fees are taken by Kiwanis or UNICEF in this effort.  A previous project was the elimination of Iodine Deficiency Syndrome, which causes mental retardation if not treated.  Kiwanis International and UNICEF were successful in their efforts to eliminate IDD.

Dr. Hopf can be contacted at  847-475-4270.  The project is open to all students of Evanston schools, public, private and parochial.