TEETER TOTTERING FOR ELIMINATE
This year, Fridley Key Club’s annual Teeter-Totter Marathon lasted for 70 hours from 6:00 pm, Friday, February 13th to 4:00 pm Monday, February 16th. It was held in Kiwanis advisor Crazy Mary Bowen’s family room. 30 Fridley Key Clubbers, 5 Columbia Heights Key Clubbers 12 Builder’s Club kids, 4 Kiwanis members and a couple of parents and siblings jumped on the teeter-totter. They raised over $700 dollars for the Eliminate Project. That project is the Kiwanis effort to vaccinate all mothers in the developing countries against maternal/neonatal tetanus. It is also Key Club’s major emphasis project for this year.
Key Club partnered with the other members of the Kiwanis family, as well as the JAMS ladies of Fridley, on this effort to raise funds and have fun doing it! While at the Teeter-Totter Marathon, those present stuffed 162 fabric dogs and dolls with fiberfill to make stuffed toys. The dogs and dolls, made by the JAMS ladies, will be sent to orphaned youngsters in Africa who are victims of AIDS. Crazy Mary likes to call this duo event of teeter-tottering and stuffing the “Two-fer on the Teeter.”
Everyone was excited to be a part of the Marathon. It was comical to watch the Builder’s Club kids’ eyes grow wide when they saw the teeter-totter in the basement, as they have never been a part of the Teeter-Totter Marathon before. It was also awesome to welcome Key Clubbers from the Columbia Heights Key Club, who came late Sunday. They put in quality work stuffing the dogs and dolls, as well as teeter-tottering.
“It was great to see the partnership of so many different clubs and organizations,” said Key Club chair Kati Stevenson. “The event was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who contributed time, energy and money to our Teeter-Totter Marathon. Because of you, we have saved 400 mothers and their babies from maternal/neonatal tetanus.” Those who participated put in over 300 hours of service, which is a lot of time to go up and down, up and down, up and down. Thankfully, Crazy Mary’s family room had a real jukebox so the kids entertained themselves with the oldies as they laughed their way to a good time and a goal-reaching donation at Teeter-Totter Marathon 2015.