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Nothing But Nets Raises More Than $7 Million in 2008

Adijat Akeem tucks her child safely beneath an insecticide-treated mosquito net at her home in Lekki, Nigeria. The net was provided by the United Methodist-supported Nothing But Nets campaign. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

August 26, 2009

Nothing But Nets Raises More Than $7 Million in 2008
United Methodists Provide People Power

Washington, DC:In 2008, the Nothing But Nets campaign eclipsed its ambitious fund-raising goals and raised more than $7 million from some 40,000 individual donors. The2008 annual report issued by the United Nations Foundation, creator of the grassroots campaign, declared that 2008 donations represent significant increases over annual fund-raising the two previous years.

"Based on the momentum of what began halfway through 2006, Nothing But Nets raised nearly $25 million by the end of 2008 from over 100,000 individuals and distributed over 2 million bed nets to areas of greatest need in Africa," stated Timothy E. Wirth, president, United Nations Foundation.

"As always, these achievements could not have been possible without our unique set of partners who are helping us to reach diverse communities to spread the message that malaria kills and nets save lives," he continued.

As a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, the people ofThe United Methodist Church have contributed significant energy and funds to the campaign. The United Methodist Church contributed more than $2 million to purchase and distribute bed nets in 2008 alone.

"We bring the value of people power to the campaign-11.5 million United Methodists," said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chairperson of The United Methodist Church's Global Health Initiative. "When you have grassroots support fueling a movement like this, saving lives is the joyous result."

The United Methodist Church took a leadership role in coordinating and convening the Nothing But Nets "city tours," a multi-city grassroots initiative to engage Americans across the country in the fight against malaria. The city tours included faith events in which church leaders came together to discuss how the faith community can take a leadership role in eliminating malaria. In 2008, six city tours convened in Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

In November 2008, the people of The United Methodist Church and their partners worldwide helped Cote d'Ivoire's National Program in the Fight against Malaria launch an integrated health campaign and net distribution to protect children under age five in Côte d'Ivoire against malaria, measles, Vitamin A deficiency and intestinal worms. This campaign was the culmination of a Texas Annual Conference effort to raise more than $1 million for bed nets for Côte d'Ivoire's children.

A driving force behind the church's Nothing But Nets fund-raising activities are children and youth who have participated in everything from lemonade stands and bake sales to basketball tournaments and skits featuring mosquito-costumed Sunday school classes. Eight-year-old champion net raiser Katherine Commale has raised more than $100,000 for the cause to date-and her efforts have attracted significant media coverage, helping increase awareness of the campaign. In 2008, Katherine was featured both on CNN and afront page article in the New York Times.

"Our youth have stepped up and done really remarkable things," Bishop Bickerton acknowledged. "Children helping to save other children have raised global awareness about the malaria situation in Africa in unprecedented ways."

About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, tens of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association's NBA Cares, the people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It costs just $10 to provide a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net to prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.netto send a net and save a life.

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