"Nets for Nets" Fundraiser Set to Raise Funds to Help Fight Malaria

Published on Mon, January 24, 2011

Marywood University's  men and women basketball teams are sponsoring Nets for Nets event  to raise awareness about malaria's toll on communities in the developing world and to support malaria prevention and treatment programs.

On Monday, February 7, at 6 p.m., the Women's and Men's Basketball Teams will take on Baptist Bible College in the Mellow Center.   All monies raised during this event, including admission fees collected at the door, and a 'donation net' will be given to Catholic Relief Services to provide malaria nets for children in Africa.

According to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, nearly one million people die from malaria each year, most of them children in Africa.  Malaria is particularly debilitating to poor, rural communities in Africa, where access to health care and prevention techniques such as insecticide-treated bed nets is limited. Catholic Relief Services and its partners have implemented malaria prevention and treatment activities with support from the Global Fund in several countries including The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Niger, Philippines, Benin, Senegal, Bolivia, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.