Members of the Dublin Kiwanis Club have been busy filling 7,000 eggs with candy and other goodies for the group's annual Easter egg hunt.

Members of the Dublin Kiwanis Club have been busy filling 7,000 eggs with candy and other goodies for the group's annual Easter egg hunt.

The event is set for 10 a.m. March 31 at the Coffman Park pavilion, 5200 Emerald Parkway, and organizer Faith Levine cautioned participants to arrive early because the hunt ends quickly.

"It starts at 10 a.m. and it's over at 10:05," she said. "It's best to get there by 9:30."

Levine said another large turnout is expected, and Coffman Park will be divided into the following age groups: children under 4, ages 4-6 and ages 6-8.

"We tried to have more eggs for this year," Levine said. "We had 5,000 to 6,000 last year."

Also featured at the event will be the Easter Bunny, the frog mascot from the club's annual frog jump in the summer and a demonstration from a Dublin robotics team.

"We'll have the robotic club again and they'll do the same demonstration they did last time," Levine said.

A year ago, students on Dublin robotics teams brought robots designed to pick up eggs, including some robots decorated with bright feathers and bunny ears.

A pancake breakfast also is planned for 8-11 a.m., and proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis club's newest cause.

"This year, it's going to benefit a new Kiwanis International worldwide project called Eliminate," Levine said. "It's for the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. There are 27 countries that still have epidemics of neonatal and maternal tetanus."

According to Levine, tetanus can travel from a mother to her unborn child through the umbilical cord and babies can die within seven days. A series of three shots for $3 can stop that, though.

"Kiwanis International is teaming with UNICEF. We're providing money for shots," Levine said. "UNICEF is going to Third World countries to vaccinate mothers. It's amazing what we can do for so little money."