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Nothing But Nets Launches World Malaria Day Fundraising Challenge
Date:4/1/2009

Supporters are engaging their NETworks to get on the map.

Washington, DC -- The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign launched a worldwide fundraiser challenge today to raise money to send lifesaving bed nets to refugee camps in Africa, where malaria is the number one killer of refugees. Supporters are holding hundreds of fundraisers across the country in the lead-up to World Malaria Day on April 25, 2009. Individuals can view where events are happening worldwide on a new Google map feature at www.NothingButNets.net/WorldMalariaDay. People can get on the map by registering their event and can also learn more about the delivery of nets to refugees in Africa.

“After returning from Uganda where I helped distribute nets to refugees, I am thankful to all of our supporters and partners who are joining us to help send nets and save lives,” said Elizabeth Gore, executive director of Nothing But Nets. “I saw firsthand how these lifesaving bed nets help provide hope to parents who are struggling to keep their children safe. For just $10, a person can help keep a young refugee safe from malaria-carrying mosquitoes while they sleep.”

During a kick-off Nothing But Nets fundraising event in Seattle's West Lake Park today, community members had the opportunity to take a free soccer kick against Seattle Sounders FC athlete Sanna Nyassi, and shoot basketball with the Seattle Storm mascot, Doppler, in exchange for a $10 donation. Representatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Seattle Sounders FC, the WNBA Storm, the Bellevue public school system, and the Union for Reform Judaism attended the event, where the month of April was officially proclaimed “Nothing But Nets Month
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