Kiwanis Splash & Swim Raises Funds For Worldwide Health Issue

By Brett Baldeck | 

Local swimmers hope making a splash will eliminate a worldwide health issue.

Coach Bill Powell of WKU was on hand for the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Splash & Swim event at Bowling Green High School Saturday morning.

Teams swam as many laps as they could in one hour to raise money for maternal neo-natal tetanus. Kiwanis International says the condition take the life of one baby every 9 minutes.

"Terrible and prolonged, painful death that takes days where the baby has spasms and convulsions and then eventually dies and it's completely unnecessary. A vaccine that costs $1.80 almost eliminates this condition," says Bill Harrigan, Chairman of the Bowling Green Kiwanis Eliminate Committee.

The Kiwanis Club says they hoped to raise more than $5,000 Saturday and will return next year with the same event.

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