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

” in Seattle, on behalf of Mayor Greg Nickels.

Around the country, hundreds of events are currently happening, or are scheduled to take place, from now until World Malaria Day on April 25. These include:

  • a student-run Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser in Middle Westfield, Mass., which raised $3,000;
  • an annual shooting contest and silent auction that 12-year-old Kevin Vernimb from New Jersey hosted as part of his town’s recreation basketball family day;
  • a free dress week at the Rancho Solano Private Schools in Scottsdale, Ariz., where seventh graders hope to raise $5,000;
  • a benefit concert at Western Washington University organized by students Ashley Vance and Jordon Smith;
  • a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at La Jolla Country Day High School in LaJolla, Calif.; and
  • a penny drive organized by Amy Eckley, a teacher at South Hill Elementary in Ithaca, N.Y.

Over 630,000 African refugees have been displaced due to the spreading crisis in Darfur and other regional crises. Due to inadequate shelter, unsanitary living conditions, and lack of medical care and supplies, refugees are particularly susceptible to contracting malaria and dying from the disease. As the next rainy season approaches, the need for bed nets in these camps is more urgent than ever.

Through its partnership with UNHCR, Nothing But Nets has already successfully delivered more than 150,000 bed nets to cover four refugee camps in Kenya and two camps in Uganda. That translates to over $1.5 million raised by its supporters, and brings the campaign halfway to its goal of sending 275,000 nets by World Malaria Day. The funds raised by supporters during this month’s fundraising challenge will make it possible to send the remaining nets to refugees in Uganda, Sudan, and Tanzania.

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