|'Buzzkill' T-shirts promote anti-malaria campaign|
Half of the money raised from the
sale of each Nothing But Nets T-shirt will go to purchase a bed net for
an African family. Photo courtesy of the U.N. Foundation.
Jan. 4, 2007
By United Methodist News Service
"Malaria kills. Send a net. Save a life." That's the message on the
back of a new T-shirt for the Nothing But Nets campaign, an effort aimed
at preventing malaria-related deaths in Africa.
The sale of each $20 shirt will also result in the purchase of an
insecticide-treated bed net that will be distributed to a family in
Africa. One net can protect a family of four from mosquito bites for up
to four years. Nocturnal mosquito bites are the primary means by which
the disease is transmitted.
Nothing But Nets is a partnership of the people of The United Methodist Church, NBA Cares, Sports Illustrated, the United Nations Foundation and others. The campaign, inspired by a Sports Illustrated column by Rick Reilly, is raising money to buy and distribute bed nets to families across Africa.
The shirt features an illustration of a mosquito, the primary carrier of malaria. Photo courtesy of the U.N. Foundation.
More than a million people die each year from malaria. Most of the victims are African children under the age of 5.
United Methodist leaders are encouraging church members - especially
youth - to support the campaign. One bed net costs only $10.
The Nothing But Nets T-shirt, developed by the U.N. Foundation,
features a mosquito illustration on the front and the word "Buzzkill."
The pumpkin-colored shirts are half-cotton and half-polyester. Details
are available at https://secure.umcom.org/store/Dept.asp?Cat%5FID=219&web%5Fname=Nothing+But+Nets.
For more information on Nothing But Nets, go to www.NothingButNets.net or www.umc.org.
News media contact: Tim Tanton, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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