Clay Aiken – Walking The Walk

Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

Today, Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students in the world. It has more than 250,000 members in 5,000 clubs in 30 countries.

Each year, Key Club International teams up with its three partner organizations, March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network and UNICEF, for the fundraising element of  their goals. Each Key Club is encouraged to participate with their partners as they join together to make a difference in the lives of children.

The 2010 Key Club International Convention is taking place in Memphis, Tennessee, from July 7-11.  On Friday evening, the group met together for the Recognition Session.  The session combined a talent show with the recognition of the top students in many different categories.  It was an important night for the students as it recognized many of the accomplishments they had during the year.

Clay Aiken was a guest speaker for the Recognition Session as a representative of UNICEF.  As a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Clay was articulate as he spoke with knowledge, compassion and pride of accomplishment.

After showing a short film titled, “I Believe In Zero,” Clay spoke of some of his experiences in Uganda when he traveled for UNICEF.  He then spoke about the stunning project The Key Club started two years ago.  It is amazing that these young people raised over two million dollars to help the children in Swaziland.  Together, they made a difference.  Clay accepted the usual “large check” and thanked the Key Club members for their support.

The entire presentation was a tribute to the hard work of the Key Club members.

About 50 people watched the live stream together here at CANN.  Deona set up the video and we had the chat right next to it so we could watch and share together.  It was lots of fun and almost overwhelming to see what the club members accomplish.  It wasn’t bad seeing Clay either!

Later, as I read reviews on the message boards, I came across this post by a wonderful lady.  Her post is the best conclusion of the night.

While others may whine and cry, bitch and moan about one thing or another, and try to diminish Clay’s accomplishments in various ways, I love how he just goes about his life, quietly advocating for the causes he believes in… Talking the talk and walking the walk and being the Measure of a Man that we all admire so much.

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  1. I agree with the lady who posted. It is amazing how Clay just does his thing no matter what others say. He is really an inspiration. I'm proud of the work that UNICEF does and Clay's involvement in it. Congratulations!

  2. Isn't it nice to be a Clay Aiken fan? I'm so proud of this man and all he stands for. Keep on keeping on, Clay!!!

  3. It was well worth the wait to see Clay on the Kiwanis Key Club talking about Unicef. He did a great job of pointing out how all these young people from all these High Schools really made a difference. They were the best of Role Clay pointed out. I enjoyed his speech very much and the video's he showed of his visits to Africa. That contribution was awesome. I am so proud of Clay for all he does also.

  4. Clay gave a great speech last night.. I'm so proud to be a fan of this man who does indeed walk the walk.

  5. Clay Aiken continues to make me proud every day. I loved his speech last night and it was so much fun being here and watching/listening live.

  6. I hope this publicity gets to people so we can all believe in ZERO. Clay Aiken is an excellent ambassador.

  7. The Key Club presentation was so worthwhile to watch. Thank you Key Club international and Clay Aiken.

  8. Clay Aiken makes me so proud to be a fan. He gave an excellent speech and is a wonderful UNICEF ambassador. He is a class act!!!!!!!!

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