Nothing But Nets Blog
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.
Summer is here! And that means a lot of good things: summer vacations, summer camps, and my personal favorite – summer projects. Are you trying to find the perfect summer project for you or your kids? Check out our Create for Nets Summer Challenge!
We have some exciting news. Over the past two weeks, the Appropriations Committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate showed their strong support for ending malaria. In the State and Foreign Operations appropriations bills, the committee robustly funded programs like the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which combined with funding for the United Nations and UN agencies, will protect and save millions of lives in the fight against malaria.
The Buffalo Grove Varsity Soccer Team in Buffalo Grove, IL recently held a fundraiser for Nothing But Nets. Here’s what they told us: Our Buffalo Grove Varsity Soccer Team got together at the start of the season to discuss our community service opportunities during our first team dinner. We looked at the Pepsi Showdown site and saw that the theme of the Pepsico Showdown Tournament was Go Big or Go Home, so we decided to look global.
I have the privilege of working with Nothing But Nets grassroots champions every day, and I’m continually motivated by the efforts of the wonderful people who have joined the movement to fight malaria. Recently, one story in particular has captured my attention—the town of Colchester, Connecticut, which has come together to raise over $16,500 for Nothing But Nets!
Amazing news for Team Bzzzkill from Brazil! This week, American soccer player DaMarcus Beasley announced he has joined Nothing But Nets to fight malaria! Currently playing for the United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the star defender is leveraging his talent and voice to raise awareness for the United Nations Foundation campaign.
Today, is World Refugee Day. Our team is extremely proud to support malaria interventions for refugees and other forcibly displaced people through partners like the MENTOR Initiative, The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Thanks to our supporters like you, Nothing But Nets is able to help communities in times of crisis, ensuring that they are protected from malaria. Since 2006, we have provided nearly $13 million to support malaria prevention efforts among refugees and other forcibly displaced people.
Summer is upon us, and for Nothing But Nets, this doesn’t mean picnics and fireworks – it means the start of our BzzzTour! For the second year in a row, the Junior Chamber International (JCI USA), is partnering with us, kicking off a multicity tour to encourage elected officials, JCI chapters, and communities nationwide to continue the fight against malaria.
Malaria has threatened the U.S. Military since the Revolutionary War. In the 20th century, the U.S. Armed Forces lost more casualties to malaria than bullets. This Memorial Day, Nothing But Nets, remembers all of our service men and women who have been killed by malaria and recognizes the Military’s contributions to malaria research and prevention efforts.
Out of everything I have done on campus as a Malaria Fellow with Nothing But Nets and the Religious Action Center, the most successful endeavor has been my advocacy work. After kicking off the fellowship in D.C. with meetings on Capitol Hill, I was very motivated to come back to my home district in Madison, Wisconsin and meet with my members of Congress, as well as give my peers the amazing opportunity to advocate about the importance of strong U.S. leadership and funding in the fight against malaria.
Bleyl Middle School sixth-grade students Cristy Vizcaino and Kesyia Foster found out there is a tasty way to fight malaria! As the Houston, Texas natives learned, malaria claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. The easiest way to prevent malaria is by donating $10 to send a life-saving insecticide-treated bed net to families in Africa, protecting them from the disease.
The Jack Jackter Intermediate School from Colchester, Connecticut is a Higher Order Thinking (HOT) School, aimed at developing global awareness and helping students to see how they can make a difference in the world. This year, the topic chosen by students and teachers was malaria and its impact in Africa.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and you want to get your mom something special that lets her know just how important she is to you and how great a person you think she is, right? We’ve got you covered.
WE DID IT! Thanks to thousands of supporters like you, we met our World Malaria Day goal to send 25,000 bed nets! Every $10 raised means a family in Africa will sleep safely and soundly, knowing that they are protected from malaria.
What do parachute cords and mosquito nets have in common? Today we have a great story about champion Michael Krebs Hesse, from Pearland, Texas! Spurred by a class about being part of a community, Michael created a community service project to help Nothing But Nets. He decided to merge his interests in Africa, science, and medicine, to help raise funds to send bed nets to families in Africa who need protection from malaria.
Last week, the Nothing But Nets team had the great opportunity to be featured at the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Alongside professional athletes like Washington Redskins quarterback RGIII and U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey player Julie Chu, our fearless mascot Mozzie engaged kids in getting active in the "Eggtivity Zone," right on the South Lawn of the White House.