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Young supporters of “Be A Hero. Send A Net. Save A Life.”


Contributed to the Filipino Reporter

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria.

This disease kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five.

Even more shocking is the fact that malaria is completely preventable and treatable — all it takes is a $10 bed net to help protect someone from the mosquitoes that spread this disease.

To show support for the billions of people around the world who are at risk of malaria, I, along with my family, have partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to raise awareness about the fight against this deadly disease.

On March 25, we launched a month-long campaign leading to World Malaria Day, which was on April 25.

We had a successful kick-off event held at Rahway River Park in Rahway N.J.

Guests were encouraged to come dressed in superhero costumes in support of our campaign theme of “Be A Hero. Send A Net. Save A Life.”

Since our campaign launch, we have been traveling around the state with our mosquito net raising awareness and raising funds. 


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Nothing But Nets champions at Congressman Frank Pallone’s office in Washington, D.C.

 

Currently, all donations are being triple matched.

Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 and once tripled can save at least 300 families from malaria.

Also, in order to better understand the importance of a mosquito net, my 11-year-old son, Jazshua, has spent the past few weeks sleeping under a net in our own home.

While the mosquitoes here in the USA don’t carry malaria, he felt safe going to bed each night knowing he had a net to protect him unlike the children he’s learned about living in malaria stricken countries.

As a Nothing But Nets champion, in addition to raising awareness and funds in our community, we also advocate to our elected leaders in Congress, who have the power to fund life-saving programs such as the President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund.

On Feb. 23, we met with the offices of Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., Congressman Frank Pallone, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Bob Menendez at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

We reminded our elected leaders that prevention of diseases abroad will help keep Americans safe at home.

We encourage you to join this global fight.

All it takes is $10 to change someone’s life.

Join the movement.

Visit www.NothingButNets.net and get involved.

You may also contact me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Together, we will defeat malaria!


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Adult supporters during the campaign launch with Nothing But Nets champion Joyce Andes-David (in the center wearing black).

 

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