Palm Beach, FL, December 04, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The Kiwanis Club of Singer Island, Florida helped St. Mary's Hospital Neonatal Unit celebrate "Prematurity Month," with two gift baskets presented by Kiwanis Members Nancy Hill and Club Secretary Helen Zientek to Marsha Mitchell of the neonatal nursing staff.
Citing premature birth as the number one killer of American newborns, the March of Dimes has named November as Prematurity Awareness Month to draw attention to this increasingly common, costly and serious public health problem. Between 1981 and 2003, the rate of premature births rose from 9.4 percent to 12.3, an increase of almost 31 percent. Every year nearly 500,000 infants are born prematurely. That's roughly comparable to the population of Cleveland.
Kiwanis Club of Singer Island activities include Key Club, the oldest and largest international service program for high school students--which the club sponsors locally at Wellington High School, as well as the club’s BUG—Bring Up Grades for local elementary students programs. Other activities of the club include supporting Quantum House, which helps support families facing medical challenges, and support of local soup kitchens as well as beach clean up activities.
Kiwanis International's continuing service focus is called "Young Children Priority One." Under this theme, each Kiwanis club is encouraged to sponsor significant projects that serve the special needs of young children from prenatal development to age five. Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund. Kiwanis has raised nearly $75 million to assist nations in eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation in the world today.
The first Kiwanis club was chartered on January 21, 1915, in Detroit, Michigan. Today, Kiwanis has grown to number more than 8,000 clubs and nearly 300,000 members in more than 70 countries.
For Kiwanis Club of Singer Island membership and volunteer opportunities please contact: Club President Chet Zientek at 561/ 624-2018.
Contact: Brett Ferrigan