World Malaria Day 2011 is on 25th April each year and gives people the opportunity to raise awareness of malaria and do some fundraising for this worthy cause. This year’s theme is ”Achieving Progress and Impact” so how will you be making an impact on April 25th?
JCI is one of the biggest global partners in this campaign against malaria. So far JCI has donated $747,606. The plan is to send 1 million nets by 2015, it does look promising.
JCI Japan is the biggest supporter and within a few months they raised £240,000… Amazing!
‘JCI organisations have been working incredibly hard to reach this goal. They have been hosting concerts, writing and selling books, designing calendars, starting employee giving campaigns at their workplace – all to send nets and save lives. In Japan, over 3,000 JCI members in 19 cities conducted their own Nothing But Nets activities to raise awareness and funds for malaria prevention. Within a couple of months these savvy professionals raised over $240,000! That will send 24,000 life-saving bed nets!’
World Malaria Day was instituted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) at its 60th session in 2007. The day is commemorated every year on April 25 to create awareness about an ancient disease and the devastating impact it has on the lives of more than 3 billion people – half of humanity. World Malaria Day is an opportunity for the global development and health communities to intensify their efforts in providing access to affordable, safe and effective anti-malarial combination treatments worldwide, as well as protective insecticide treated nets and other preventive measures.
JCI London will be hosting our first annual Nothing But Nets pub quiz on Thursday 12 May. Check the events diary for more information, in the meantime start getting your teams ready (4-6 people).
For more information visit: http://www.jci.cc/nothingbutnets/
Or contact Dimitri Inglezos, JCI London Community Director if you want to get involved
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This post was written by Sarah Beckwith