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Pauley Perrette joins United Methodist Imagine No Malaria campaign

United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information
810 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2011

Nashville: Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is pleased to introduce actress Pauley Perrette to its growing community of supporters working together to reduce deaths caused by malaria.

Perrette, 42, is well-known for playing Abby Sciuto, her character on the hit CBS TV show, NCIS. A passionate advocate for more than 30 charity causes, Perrette has generously agreed to share her talent and celebrity to help generate support for Imagine No Malaria, while raising awareness and money to fight the disease.

"Every 45 seconds, malaria kills a child in Africa," Perrette said. "Please pray about it, and join me in this global fight against a terrible-but preventable disease."

Perrette's support for Imagine No Malaria includes starring in several public service announcements, calling for action and generosity in the fight against malaria. (Watch here.)

She will also provide the narration for the ministry's upcoming TV special called "A Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria." The program, which will air on many NBC affiliates May 1 (check local listings), documents the daily struggle in Africa against malaria and highlights the work of Imagine No Malaria to wipe out a devastating disease that's killing 2,000 people every single day. The program is presented by the National Council of Churches under the auspices of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission and produced by United Methodist Communications.

"We are blessed to have the support from an influential celebrity like Pauley Perrette," said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chairperson of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative. "With World Malaria Day coming up on April 25, this is a great time to get involved, give and save lives together as we work toward a world with no malaria."

Visitimaginenomalaria.org to learn more.


About Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church to eliminate death and suffering from malaria in Africa by 2015. With a goal of raising $75 million to improve health infrastructure and empower a sustainable victory over the disease, Imagine No Malaria is our opportunity to rethink how we reach beyond our church, opening doors to those who need it most. For more information, please visit us online at
www.ImagineNoMalaria.org.

We need your help!

To make sure "A Killer in the Dark" is part of your NBC station's May 1 lineup, we need your help. Please call or e-mail the program director or assistant at your local NBC affiliate and ask them to share this important message with your community. Be sure to mention the series title, Horizons of the Spirit, and the program title, "A Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria," and let them know that this program would have a positive impact.

The list of stations confirmed to broadcast "Killer in the Dark" is growing every day, and we thank you for helping make sure we reach as many people as possible!

NBC affiliate directory: (from NBC.com) http://www.nbc.com/local-stations/ .


Media contact:
Diane Degnan
ddegnan@umcom.org
615-742-5406 (w)
615-483-1765 (c)