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Vancouver!

On the way to Alaska!

overcast 68 °F

I'm back with internet access this time! I am currently in Vancouver attending the 98th Kiwanis International Convention. For those of you who are not familiar with Kiwanis - no we are not Rotary - we are a global organization of volunteer dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. We do world wide service projects - most recently in conjunction with UNICEF. With our last project, we eliminated Iodine Deficiency Disorder - the leading cause of infant mental retardation - from the face of the planet - it doesn't exist anymore. The cost was $0.05 cents per child to iodize salt in the third world. We are now in the process of raising $110M to rid the planet of Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus. Tetanus is a horrible death for young children. It exists naturally in the earth. A simple series of three shots for mothers of child bearing age eliminates the disease. It costs about $1.85 to immunize young mothers - again in third world countries. Children should not die a painful and preventable death.

Stay tuned - I leave for Alaska on Sapphire Princess on Saturday!
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Posted by rpickett 17:38 Archived in Canada

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very nice site, we'll "cruise" with you. Hope you have great weather.

by Ken & Diane

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