Nothing But Nets Blog
For several weeks, we have been closely monitoring the Ebola crisis in West Africa and watching for ways we can help. Yesterday in Washington, the head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said at a news conference that to date there have been at least 3,500 Ebola cases, with more than 1,900 deaths. She called the outbreak “the largest and most severe and most complex we’ve ever seen in the nearly 40-year history of this disease.”
On August 14, our partner, JCI USA, rolled into Seattle, Washington on one of the last stops of this year’s BzzzTour. In the Seattle area, the team was able to meet with the offices of Congressman Jim McDermott, Congressman Rick Larsen, Senator Patty Murray, and Senator Maria Cantwell.
Last month, the Nothing But Nets team joined the 2014 Junior Chamber International (JCI) Global Partnership Summit in New York. The gathering united members of JCI to explore the world’s greatest challenges alongside key partners and supporters.
Did you know that today is World Mosquito Day? I thought today was dedicated to celebrating mosquitoes like me in all of our buzzing and bloodsucking glory. To my surprise, World Mosquito Day is actually about how dangerous we are and is used by groups like Nothing But Nets to trash talk mosquitoes and discuss the importance of wiping out malaria!
9 students, 9 schools, 1 goal. The Nothing But Nets and Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism fellows made impressive strides in bringing the fight against malaria to college campuses across the U.S.! Collectively, the students raised $5,800 through 19 fundraising events, held 15 advocacy events, and attended 15 in-district meetings and 16 Capitol Hill meetings! Nothing But Nets is spreading fast on college campuses thanks to our dedicated and talented fellows! Everyone is looking forward to heading back to their campuses and continuing their work for Nothing But Nets.
Today marks 500 days until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight goals embraced by world leaders and member states at the United Nations in 2000 to galvanize a global effort to alleviate poverty and improve lives around the world. To mark this milestone, the United Nations Foundation highlighted its continuing commitment to join with the UN to advance progress on the MDGs.
You have likely seen the news that West Africa is experiencing the largest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded. To date, there have been more than 1,000 deaths and nearly 2,000 people infected in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria.
Today is International Youth Day! Saving lives does not always require a CPR certification or medical degree. Whether you are 3 years old or 93 years old, anyone can fight malaria with Nothing But Nets by sending life-saving bed nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa.
Did you know that recyclable bottles and aluminum cans can buy bed nets? This is a concept Mei Mei Tercek, Maddie Tirella, Bella Barber, and Tiffany Kim developed in their Beverly Hills, CA neighborhood.
Our work wouldn’t be as strong as it is without the help of our partners, and this summer’s cross-country BzzzTour is a great example of that collaboration. Junior Chamber International (JCI) spearheaded the BzzzTour, and on many stops along the way, worked closely with representatives from the United Nations Association (UNA) and the United Methodist Church (UMC) to make these stops a success.
This past World Malaria Day (April 25), retired professional soccer player Jared Montz organized his second-annual nationwide Juggle-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for Nothing But Nets. Through his Online Soccer Academy, young soccer fans, professional soccer players, teams, and clubs alike came together to juggle for nets – and they delivered.
As basketball season comes to a close, 5th grader Kyle von Seeburg has shown that nets are crucial, both on and off the court. A native of the Bay Area, Kyle recently attended a basketball camp with the Golden State Warriors, where he heard Nothing But Nets champion and NBA All-Star Stephen Curry speak about the importance of fighting malaria in Africa, and he was instantly inspired to take action.
Think really hard. What is the best birthday present you could give to a friend? This question might have your mind spinning, scanning through memories and objects that you and your friends have thoroughly enjoyed through the years. You might be furiously searching your local mall, trying to decide what he or she may love most.
My son Leo turns 3 years old this month, and when I asked him what he wanted to do for it, he said “help kids.” I know one thing for sure. We have enough toys. We don’t need another Spiderman figure, stuffed animal or iPad game. Instead of collecting more toys for himself, he is collecting funds to send life-saving bed nets to children he has never met.
Some of the best champions of Nothing But Nets make a business out of being creative. Here are some of the ways our partners are creating for nets this summer.
Last week, Nothing But Nets took a road trip to the beautiful town of Davidson, North Carolina, for an exciting few days of events with champions, partners, and supporters. We got to hang out with Rick Reilly, sip Summit Coffee’s new Bzzz Blend, and celebrate our supporters at a special dinner hosted at Davidson College.
Have you heard about our partnership with Camp Broadway? In March, we announced the Camp Broadway Challenge, a national initiative inviting multi-talented youth, ages 10-17, to create an original work of art themed around our mission to “Send a Net. Save a Life.” Kids were asked to create, produce, and share a video featuring their original song, dance, music composition, or prop.
The U.S. Jaycees are at it again! Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess, the Immediate Past President of JCI USA, is leading BzzzTour 2.0, a 20-state cross-country advocacy and fundraising tour for Nothing But Nets. The goal of the BzzzTour is to engage JCI USA chapters across the country, develop new leaders in the fight against malaria, and educate members of Congress about the importance of U.S. leadership in defeating this deadly disease.
Last year, the Connecticut Commission on Arts and Tourism asked me to teach a workshop about how to use ethnic paper to make note cards and collages. At first, I was only supposed to be working with ten teachers, but the number quickly grew to twenty-two different teachers. Among the teachers attending were a few from the Jack Jackter Intermediate School in Colchester, Ct. The surge of interest in the workshop felt overwhelming to me, but I met the challenge head on.
What’s better than one winning team? Two winning teams – Team USA and Team Bzzzkill! Last week, long-time champions, Diego and Ginna Gutierrez, supported both teams as they hosted a World Cup Watch Party in their hometown of Lee’s Summit, MO to cheer on the United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) as they advanced to the round of 16. Being prominent in the soccer community, strong supporters of Nothing But Nets since 2007, and most importantly the parents of three healthy children, Diego and Ginna decided to introduce their hometown to our life-saving campaign.