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Mayor officially announces her chosen charity

Published Tuesday, 31 July 2012


The Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Althea Smith, has officially launched Kiwanis Central London as the Mayor's charity work for her year in office.

Kiwanis is an international non-profit charity organisation of volunteers who give of their time to change the world through service for children and their communities. Today Kiwanis is known as a worldwide service organisation representing adult and youth members of every culture on every continent and country, including the UK. 

The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Althea Smith is a member of Kiwanis Central London Club whose members are looking to start up a new club in Southwark and beyond.

Cllr Smith said: "Kiwanis members are dedicated to helping children achieve their goals by encouraging them to do things, see places, take education opportunities and develop themselves, and I am very proud to be supporting and promoting their work this year."

Winsome Okeke, President of the Kiwanis Central London Club and a midwife at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: "It is amazing to have The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Althea Smith support the Kiwanis in this way. It is a fantastic organisation that encourages leadership and initiative in young people and we need more members."

The organisation is currently raising money for three main projects:

  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (that specialise in providing care for some of the sickest babies in South London) 
  • The Imagination Library (a literacy programme for children from birth to five years
  • The Worldwide Service Project ELIMINATE (working with UNICEF by proving them funds to vaccinate mothers and babies against tetanus to eliminate this disease which causes the death of 60,000 maternal/neonatal annually

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