• Mary Harrison

Cairo Kiwanis Club hosts pancake breakfast fundraiser

On the morning of Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Cairo Kiwanis Club hosted one of their bi-annual Pancake Breakfast fundraisers at Mr. Chick in Cairo, Ga. The event profited the local club, so they can continue their extensive involvement in the Grady County community. Students, many a part of Kiwanis-related groups, volunteered at the event.

The Cairo Kiwanis Club has hosted a Pancake Breakfast every spring and fall for 20-plus years, their head of fundraising, Hansell Bearden, told The Red & Black. This year, take-out plates containing pancakes, sausage, butter, syrup, and silverware were served from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. The club bought and cooked the food, and volunteers assembled and handed-out the meals. Customers received their meals via either Mr. Chick’s counter or drive-thru.

Prior to the event, tickets for the plates were sold for $5, so that the Kiwanians (as they are called, according to the group’s Facebook page) knew how many meals to prepare. However, people still arrived on the morning of the fundraiser with cash or check in order to buy a breakfast meal.

According to Mrs. Nola Daughtry, a board-member of the club, about seven to eight hundred plates are sold at each twice-yearly event, raising about $2,600 for the Kiwanis Club to use for their numerous community programs.

One of two in Grady County, the Cairo Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Mr. Chick (“They are a very good partner,” Mrs. Daughtry said). It aids with many programs in Grady County, including: first steps, a program which helps needy mothers of newborns know how to keep themselves and their babies healthy and safe; first foundation, which provides free books to all Grady County children from zero to five years old who register with the program; 4H hog and steer shows; Teacher of the Year, which they sponsor at all Grady County Schools; Builders Club, a Shiver School club for which sixth through eighth graders are nominated; and Cairo High School’s Key Club.

Both the Builders and Key Clubs, although school sponsored, are youth branches of the Cairo Kiwanis Club. Students in those clubs attend the Kiwanians Thursday meetings. Mr. Chris Lokey, principal of CHS, and Mr. Todd Jones, principal of Shiver School, are both members of the Cairo Kiwanis. Mr. Lokey helps to coordinate student volunteering at Kiwanis’ events.

Members of the high school’s National Honor Society (NHS), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and ROTC program all volunteered at the pancake breakfast this spring, along with Shiver’s Builders Club.

Mr. Bearden expressed his gratitude on behalf of all Cairo Kiwanians as the event wrapped up, saying:

“We thank the community for all their support.”