|Skip lunch, buy a net and save a life on April 25
Marie Akissi Arriko crawls under an insecticide-treated mosquito net
with her children and neighbors at her home in Agboville, Cote
UMNS file photos by Mike DuBose.
By United Methodist News Service*
April 20, 2009
United Methodists can make a difference in battling global malaria by sacrificing lunch on April 25.
Pittsburgh Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chairman of The United Methodist
Church’s Nothing But Nets initiative, is asking United Methodists and
others to skip lunch on World Malaria Day and use their lunch money to
buy a lifesaving mosquito bed net.
Rather than spending $10 at a restaurant, people are invited to
“Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.” The United Methodist Church is
encouraging individuals to send the lunch money to Nothing But Nets, a
grassroots, anti-malaria effort. A $10 gift provides an
insecticide-treated net and teaches a family in Africa how to use it
for protection from malaria-infected mosquitoes.
Domingos Antonic lies dying of
malaria in 2006 at the provincial
hospital in Malanje, Angola.
In Africa, 3,000 children die every day from malaria, according to
The World Health Organization. The World Health Assembly established
World Malaria Day in 2007 as an annual observance to provide “education
and understanding of malaria.
“Malaria is a crisis that is threatening many of God’s children across
the globe,” Bickerton says. “Insecticide-treated mosquito nets are the
most scientifically proven way to stop its spread.”
Since it began in 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $25
million for 2.5 million nets. Inspired by a column by sportswriter Rick
Reilly, Nothing But Nets founding partners include The United Methodist
Church, the United Nations Foundation, the National Basketball’s
Association NBA Cares and Sports Illustrated.
According to Roll Back Malaria, there are 109 countries where malaria
is a health hazard. An anti-malaria international partnership set 2010
as a target for delivering effective and affordable protection and
The scourge of malaria continues despite great progress in combating
the disease, says the Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive at United
Methodist Communications. As World Malaria Day is observed on April 25,
United Methodists are encouraged to remember that for the cost of a
sandwich and soft drink a life can be saved. “It’s such a simple thing,
and such a life-saving investment. If we all gave up one lunch and
contributed $10 for a bed net, we’d feel better, the world would be
better and perhaps a life will be saved. Forgoing lunch is such a small
but important act of sacrifice,” he says.
Donations to Nothing But Nets may be made on line at www.umcnothingbutnets.org.
To donate through The Advance, place checks in church offering plates,
designating the gift for Advance No. 982015, Nothing But Nets. Gifts
may also be mailed to Advance GCFA, P. O. Box 9068, GPO, New York, NY
10087-9063. All gifts will be used to purchase and distribute nets and
educate people on their use.
*News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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