The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, a grassroots initiative to prevent malaria in Africa, announced today it is teaming up with the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation to engage young Americans in the fight against malaria, a leading killer in Africa. Nothing But Nets was chosen as one of five charities participating in “You Decide-You Donate”, an initiative of the Change for the Children Foundation. The Jonas Brothers, through their Foundation, will match the first $10,000 donated by their fans to each of the five participating charities, including Nothing But Nets, as part of their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children worldwide.
Nothing But Nets joined the Jonas Brothers today for their concert in Indianapolis, where Nothing But Nets is hosting a series of local events as part of its national effort to raise funds and awareness to prevent malaria in Africa.
“We are incredibly excited to work with the Jonas Brothers and their Change for the Children Foundation,” said Elizabeth McKee Gore, executive director of Nothing But Nets. “Young people today have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the world. Through the Change for the Children Foundation and Nothing But Nets, it has never been easier for youth to become part of a global effort to send nets and save lives.”
“The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has saved–and continues to save–the lives of millions of children. For that, the Jonas family and all of society is grateful,” said John McMahon, a New York based consultant working with the Change for the Children Foundation. “We are honored to have them participate in YOU DECIDE-YOU DONATE which is engaging young people from around the country to get involved and start making a difference.”
From July 23-24, 2008, Nothing But Nets is hosting a series of events in Indianapolis as part of its national effort to raise money and awareness for malaria prevention. In addition to the United Nations Foundation and the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation, the People of the United Methodist Church, the Indianapolis Pacers, Indianapolis Fever and other local partners, will work together to engage the Indianapolis community in the week’s events, including a Nothing But Nets promotional night during a concert by teen superstars the Jonas Brothers, a Nothing But Nets Malaria Boot Camp for youth, a faith leaders’ breakfast, and an in-arena night with the Indiana Fever.
Malaria kills more than one million people each year—most of whom are children. In fact, every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria. Bed nets are proven to be one of the most cost-effective and simple methods of preventing the spread of this deadly disease. The Nothing But Nets campaign provides individuals with an easy, tangible way to get involved in the global fight against malaria. A $10 donation is all it takes to purchase and distribute a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net to a family in Africa.
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 May 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, the People of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $10 to provide a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.
To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $20 million and distributed more than 700,000 nets to children and their families in Africa.
Senior Communications Officer, United Nations Foundation
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