The Pius X Key Club held their annual Trick or Treat for Eliminate on Oct. 29.
Trick or Treat for Eliminate is a service project which entails going around the neighborhood asking people to donate money to the cause of helping to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus which affects mothers and their newborn babies in third-world countries.
The money raised from Trick or Treating will go towards buying tetanus shots. A shot to save a mother and all her babies costs $1.80 and the money collected by Key Club on Oct. 29 will provide shots for around 40 mothers and their children. A great amount for a turnout of only four people.
Freshman Ruth Cunningham said that she was at first dissuaded by the cold and snow, but she ended up changing her mind.
“It gave me a reason to leave the house and it gave me something to do because I wanted to help save babies,” Cunningham said.
Despite almost deciding not to go, Cunningham managed to convince her friend, freshman Ava Knievel, to come also.
“Initially I wasn’t going to come because I thought it was going to be cold, and then Ruth convinced me to come,” Knievel said.
Neither Cunningham nor Knievel regret braving the cold weather for this cause.
“It was fun to hang out with my friends and it was kind of cool to see how the community would give money to a good cause,” Knievel said.
Both Cunningham and Knievel are members of Key Club.
Key Club is part of a larger international student-led organization in partnership with Kiwanis and is dedicated to providing community service and shaping leaders. The Pius X Key Club faculty advisor is Mark Martin. Key Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in room 1102.
Trick or Treat for Eliminate is one of their biggest projects of the year.