Project Edan™ is the charity of the official Peter Wingfield Fan Club. All content and images (except where noted) on this Web site are copyright © 1995-2010 PWFC. No permission is granted to post photos or information to any other Web site or blog without written permission from Project Edan. Project Edan Corner Another year gone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  Thank you to each person who participated in our annual Fall Auction for Project Edan - we raised $1,410.  This auction saw a variety of items ranging from the most recent War of the Worlds: Goliath screening at the San Diego Comic Con back to a DVD from Peter's Conversation in Brisbane .  The Skype 'tea with Peter' chats were among the most popular items.  Congratulations to all of our winners!  With 2012 now behind us, I would like to join Peter, Carolyn and Edan in thanking each one of you for your donations and support throughout the year.  Fundraising is a little more difficult with Peter now in medical school and subsequent curtailing of our yearly Road Trips and conventions, but thanks to all of you Project Edan still raised $12,908 to support UNICEF's life-saving efforts in the field.  A huge thank you to all who donated throughout the year.  None of this would have been possible without the continued support and generosity of our friends. For UNICEF, 2012 was a year in which great strides were made for child survival. There has been a 40% drop since 1990 in the number of children under five who are dying each year -   a figure that demonstrates it is possible to radically reduce child mortality. In the latest figures released, that number is 19,000. That means 7,000 more young children are alive each day. We all realize that these are painful numbers.  Even one preventable child death is too many.  But the number is declining, and with your help, we can make it go down even faster.  The majority of deaths occur among the poorest 20% of families in developing countries.   The solutions exist right now to bring about a day when ZERO children die from conditions that we can prevent, treat or cure. Thank you to all of our Project Edan supporters for believing in zero.+ Many of you made donations last year when we issued a UNICEF plea for donations in a matching funds campaign to support The Eliminate Project - a historic partnership Issue 65- 1st Quarter 2013 of Kiwanis International and UNICEF to help rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2015.  Tetanus is a painful disease that kills one newborn every nine minutes, or 160 babies each day. This terrible disease is typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices where the umbilical cord is cut with an unsterilized instrument that often comes in contact with tetanus bacteria and their spores that live in the soil.  Tetanus interferes with motor nerves and causes severe muscle rigidity, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light, sound and touch.  Death is swift and cruel.  But it is also highly preventable and just $1.80 can save the life of a mother and her future unborn children. In a recent report for  2012, UNICEF announced the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus in seven countries: China, East Timor, Tanzania, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Senegal.  More newborns and mothers' lives are now free from the anguish of tetanus.  Thirty-one countries remain at risk for MNT, some of which are very near elimination.  Success stories like these remind us that this disease can be eliminated.  Another huge thank you to all who donated to this matching fund campaign and helped make this possible! Bev Shihara Project Edan Director