Kudos to Kiwanis Key Clubbers

Anne Wu, Senior Writer

I am thankful for Key Clubbers who, in the midst of balancing academics and family life, make time to volunteer and give back to the community. Their passion for helping others is contagious, cultivating an atmosphere of compassion and commitment not only within the school, but also in the communities outside of school.

The altruistic objective of the club is exemplified in their motto: “I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forced which tend to undermine these institutions.”

To uphold this motto, Key Clubbers are willing to spend 24 hours walking the track of a local high school to raise money for the American Cancer Society, “because cancer never sleeps”. They are willing to get their hands dirty cleaning up former campsites and replanting native species at Squawk Mountain. They are willing to valiantly ask cranky neighbors to donate to UNICEF, an organization dedicated to the welfare of children around the world.

Throughout the last few years, Key Club has raised an astonishing total of five million dollars for UNICEF, 3 million of which was allocated to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. The volunteer work of Key Clubbers is undeniable proof that any individual is capable of bettering the lives of others.