I feel lucky. Every day I get to work on this incredible campaign with dedicated people and wonderful partners. But it is our supporters who are truly inspiring – those of you who contribute your time, your energy and even your hard-earned funds to help protect people half a world away from a simple, albeit deadly, mosquito bite.
And there is one little person who is truly amazing. Many of you may know her story already, but Katherine is about to reach $100,000 raised – or 10,000 bed nets! And that deserves a shout-out!
I first met Katherine on her 5th birthday in New York City. She had already raised $10,000 by that point, but little did we know she was just getting started!
So last month it seemed fitting that Katherine would receive an incredible honor – Katherine was awarded the Dragonfly Award – a special award to recognize an individual who has made remarkable efforts in fighting malaria. (The award is named for the natural predator of the mosquito.) Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, presented Katherine with her award at the One World Summit in Washington, DC on April 24, marking World Malaria Day. And she received a standing ovation!
At just 8-years-old Katherine has done more than many of us! She has appeared on CNN, given presentations everywhere from schools to major events, been featured on the front-page of The New York Times, and even shook President Bill Clinton’s hand! And it is all due to her efforts to help protect children in Africa from malaria.
Katherine is a remarkable person and she is saving lives. I feel lucky to know her and I know we are lucky to have her as a Champion for Nothing But Nets. Congratulations Katherine. We can’t wait to celebrate your 10,000th bed net!
P.S. If you want to help Katherine reach 10,000 bed nets, join her NET-Raiser team here!