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October 04 2017

Nonprofits and Celebrities Join Forces to Combat HIV and Malaria in Malawi

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) and the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced today a partnership to combat HIV and malaria in southern rural Malawi. Actor Scott Wolf, his wife Kelley, and actress Alexandra Daddario traveled there with the two organizations to see first-hand how they are tackling both global health issues.

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August 09 2017

Felipe Lopez Fights Malaria in the Dominican Republic with Nothing But Nets

Former NBA player and NBA Cares Ambassador Felipe Lopez recently traveled with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to Dajabon, Dominican Republic to help fight malaria. There, he met with officials from the National Center for Tropical Diseases Control within the country’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance to learn about the progress made toward malaria elimination on the island of Hispaniola. He also met with community health workers, civil society organizations, children and families affected by malaria.

 

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July 19 2017

Nia Long and Son Massai Dorsey Jr. to Fight Malaria in Tanzania with Nothing But Nets

In a few weeks, actress Nia Long and her son Massai Dorsey Jr. will travel to Tanzania to support the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign in its global fight against malaria. They will visit one of the world’s largest refugee camps to see the impact of malaria firsthand, meet with refugee families, and distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets that help keep families safe from the disease.

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June 20 2017

On World Refugee Day, Nothing But Nets Announces Major Commitment by Sumitomo Chemical Company to Fight Malaria

Today, on World Refugee Day, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced a new commitment to fight malaria with Sumitomo Chemical Co., a global leader in innovative vector control and long-standing partner in the fight to end malaria. Sumitomo Chemical has issued a second matching grant challenge to Nothing But Nets supporters: For every life-saving bed net donated by a supporter (up to 350,000 nets), Sumitomo Chemical will match it, for a total of 700,000 nets. Sumitomo Chemical’s commitment to help Nothing But Nets and its UN partners working across sub-Saharan Africa is part of Nothing But Nets’ new “P.L.E.D.G.E. to Protect” two million refugees and displaced individuals from malaria by the end of 2017.

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May 04 2017

Nothing But Nets and Mosquito Joe Launch National Partnership

Today, Mosquito Joe and the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced a new partnership to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria. 

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April 25 2017

Malaria Advocates Rally in Washington for World Malaria Day

Today, on World Malaria Day, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has convened more than 125 advocates from 29 states to the nation’s capital to galvanize policymakers to support U.S. funding for life-saving global malaria programs.

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December 05 2016

Nia Long & Ime Udoka Become Nothing But Nets Champions to Fight Malaria

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced actress Nia Long and San Antonio Spur’s assistant coach Ime Udoka as new champions in the fight against malaria.

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November 29 2016

Nothing But Nets Celebrates 10 Years Saving Lives on #GivingTuesday

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced that thanks to its partners and donors around the world, it will have delivered 10 million life-saving bed nets by the end of 2016, its 10th anniversary year. In recognition of #GivingTuesday, several partner organizations have announced major commitments to help Nothing But Nets save lives from malaria.

“We want to take this moment, on #GivingTuesday, to thank our donors and supporters who have helped us protect millions of kids and families over the course of our campaign,” said Nothing But Nets Director Margaret Reilly McDonnell. “As famed sportswriter Rick Reilly wrote in his Sports Illustrated column ten years ago, ‘nets work’ – in fact, they’ve helped cut malaria deaths by more than half. We need to keep the momentum going. Working together, we can be the generation to end malaria for good.”

#GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016, harnesses the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to celebrate the power of giving. Following the so-called Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday retail milestones that kick off the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is intended to inspire people to take collaborative action to give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they celebrate and help create a better world.

In recognition of #GivingTuesday, several Nothing But Nets partners have announced major commitments to help fight malaria. Leading bed net manufacturer Sumitomo Chemical Co. renewed its commitment to protect women, children, and refugee families who are most vulnerable to malaria. Sumitomo is matching every net donated to the campaign through 2016 as part of The Million Nets Pledge and just renewed its commitment to do another match in 2017 to continue to send nets and save lives. Luxury bedding and home goods company Parachute Home has raised more than $100,000 to help deliver nets and to become a distribution partner of the campaign’s first-ever virtual reality film due out in early 2017.

Now in its tenth year, the Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families from the threat of malaria by raising funds to provide bed nets and other malaria interventions and by advocating for critical malaria funding for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria – a preventable and treatable disease. Insecticide-treated bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives. In 2000, a child died every 30 seconds from the disease, but today, deaths have been cut in half and deaths among children under five have been reduced by more than 70% in sub-Saharan Africa.

Anyone can send a net and help Nothing But Nets reach its 10 millionth net protecting families from malaria. Today, for #GivingTuesday, anyone who purchases a net will have their gift tripled thanks to two generous matching gift donors. Go to NothingButNets.net/GivingTuesday to learn more. 

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October 24 2016

Stephen Curry To Continue “Three For Three Challenge” Benefitting Nothing But Nets During 2016-17 Season

For the fifth consecutive year, Warriors Guard and reigning MVP Stephen Curry will continue his Three For Three Challenge during the 2016-17 season by donating three life-saving bed nets to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign for each three-pointer he makes this season, the team announced today. For the third consecutive season, the Warriors will also match Curry’s donation to protect thousands of children and families from malaria, a deadly, yet preventable and treatable disease.

During his first four seasons participating in the Three For Three Challenge (2012-16), Curry has donated 3,663 nets towards the Nothing But Nets campaign. Last season, Curry established a new NBA single-season three point record with 402 three-pointers made, eclipsing his previous record of 286 threes set during the 2014-15 season, providing 1,206 bed nets to the campaign. In the past three seasons, the Warriors organization has joined the challenge and donated 1,783 nets to help Nothing But Nets protect families most at risk from malaria.

“Malaria continues to impact so many families and children throughout Africa and I’m grateful that I’m in a position to help support and raise awareness for Nothing But Nets,” said Curry. “This is the fifth consecutive season of my Three For Three Challenge and look forward to continuing to help save lives one net at a time.”

Fans can join Curry’s Three for Three Challenge by making their own pledge to protect families from malaria at NothingButNets.net/StephenCurry. Fans can also learn more about Nothing But Nets by viewing the trailer for the campaign’s upcoming virtual reality film, Under the Net, which chronicles the experiences of an 11-year-old girl living in a refugee camp and facing the risk of contracting malaria.

“Together with our UN partners and programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the President’s Malaria Initiative, we’ve made amazing progress against malaria,” said Nothing But Nets Director Margaret Reilly McDonnell. “It’s really exciting that we could be the generation to end malaria for good.”

First introduced to the movement by his college roommate, Bryant Barr, Curry has since been a champion of Nothing But Nets, which works with the UN and other partners to protect families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. There are now more than 30 million refugees displaced by violence who now live in areas where malaria is transmitted, and a child passes away from the disease every two minutes. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has delivered nearly ten million life-saving nets and other malaria interventions to protect families in need thanks to the generous contributions from its partners, champions, and supporters. In 2013, Curry visited a refugee camp in Tanzania with the campaign, helping to deliver nets to families and hang them in their homes.

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October 14 2016

Nothing But Nets Celebrates Appointment of Antonio Guterres as Next United Nations Secretary-General

Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly, on the recommendation of the UN Security Council, appointed António Guterres to succeed current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon starting on January 1, 2017. Margaret Reilly McDonnell, Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, made the following statement:

“The appointment of Antonio Guterres as the next United Nations Secretary-General is another great step forward for the world and for the fight against malaria. Nothing But Nets worked closely with Mr. Guterres when he served as the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015.

“Inspired and buoyed by this leadership, Nothing But Nets worked with UNHCR to deliver 1.3 million insecticide-treated bed nets and 400,000 diagnostic tests to refugees in sub-Saharan Africa, protecting them from malaria. Tremendous progress was made through this collaboration – malaria declined significantly as a cause of death among refugees.

“In 2015 as the number of refugees worldwide has increased, and malaria has continued as a major health threat in Africa, we launched ‘The Million Nets Pledge,’ our commitment to provide more than one million nets and other malaria interventions to refugees and vulnerable families fleeing conflict through UNHCR and UNICEF. We will achieve our goal by the end of this year and to date, Nothing But Nets has donated 1.8 million nets to UNHCR to protect refugee families.

“Mr. Guterres is well-suited to address the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and will work tirelessly to ensure human rights for all. He will continue the momentum created by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to fight malaria so that one day, no child will die from a mosquito bite.

“Our work is still far from complete. Every child deserves the chance to lead a healthy life, which is why we must sustain the gains we’ve made and accelerate efforts to defeat malaria. We look forward to continuing our efforts together with Mr. Guterres and our UN partners.

“We can’t stop now. Millions of children and their families are counting on us. Together, we can defeat malaria for good.” 

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September 13 2016

Stephen Curry Renews Commitment to Malaria, Talks Startup at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

Today, Golden State Warriors point guard and two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco for the first time to talk about his passion projects including his work fighting malaria with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and his involvement with tech startup Slyce.

For the fifth consecutive year, Curry announced he will continue his Three for Three Challenge to support Nothing But Nets, donating three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer he makes during the 2016-2017 NBA season. The Golden State Warriors confirmed today they will match his donations. Curry also encouraged TechCrunch attendees and fans to check out the new trailer of Nothing But Nets’ virtual reality film premiering later this fall which immerses viewers in the life of a 11-year-old girl living in a refugee camp who faces the daily risk of contracting malaria.

Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease.

“We’re fortunate that here in this country we don’t have to worry about malaria,” said Curry. “Other families aren’t so lucky – we can all help save lives one net at a time.”

Curry also took time to talk about his involvement in the tech startup Slyce, a content management platform empowering brands and influencers to efficiently communicate to their customers and fans through content distribution and analytics, created by friend and former Davidson roommate and teammate Bryant Barr.

Directly following his onstage appearance, Curry met with donors and supporters of Nothing But Nets to thank them for their contributions to protect families from malaria at a fundraiser co-hosted by TechCrunch. Sports journalist Rick Reilly, who helped found the campaign ten years ago, held a brief Q&A with Curry about what it was like to visit Tanzania and hang nets in refugee homes.

“We went to Tanzania three years ago to help Nothing But Nets deliver tens of thousands of nets,” said Reilly. “I’ve never witnessed a more humble and caring athlete dedicate so much time to families.”

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work. Last year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million nets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa.

“Together with our UN partners and programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the President’s Malaria Initiative, we’ve made amazing progress against malaria,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets. “It’s really exciting that we could be the generation to end malaria for good.”

Now in its tenth year, the Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families from the threat of malaria.

Fans can get involved to help Stephen Curry and Nothing But Nets in the fight against this deadly disease by visiting NothingButNets.net/StephenCurry to send a net and help save a live, or NothingButNets.net/VR to see the trailer for the campaign’s new virtual reality film and sign up for more updates. 

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September 09 2016

The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign Partners with Esri to Combat Malaria

Global smart-mapping leader Esri has partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign in the fight against malaria.

Malaria claims the life of a child every two minutes, despite being both preventable and treatable. Recently, Nothing But Nets created a story map using Esri’s ArcGIS platform to help people learn more about malaria. The campaign is designed to raise awareness, funds, and voices to protect families from the disease. The new story map shares the work of the campaign, the progress against malaria and the path forward towards eradication, as well as providing a clear call to action for people interested in joining the fight against the vector-borne disease.

“Technology can be an excellent tool in the fight against malaria,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets. “We are thrilled to partner with Esri to use their software to teach people why and how we work to fight this disease—and how to get involved.”

Esri and Nothing But Nets will unveil their partnership in San Francisco at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this September. The two organizations will launch an app challenge using Esri software and data from Nothing But Nets and Esri.

“We are honored to be working with Nothing But Nets on such an important issue,” said David Gadsden, nonprofit program manager at Esri. “A large part of Esri’s mission is to make a positive impact on people and the world around us. There are no better issues to tackle right now than those of malaria and other vector-borne illnesses.”

For more information on how Esri helps nonprofits visit esri.com/sustainable-development.

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August 09 2016

Warriors’ Stephen Curry to Take the Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2016

TechCrunch announced today that two-time NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors point guard, Stephen Curry, will be speaking onstage for the first time ever at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco on Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30pm PT, where he’ll talk about his roles as a tech startup investor, philanthropist and athlete.

In addition to having the most three-pointers in a season and leading the Warriors to the finals in back-to-back seasons, Curry is also an avid philanthropist and tech startup investor. Curry has a window on the startup world through his role in Slyce, a content management platform that empowers brands to leverage talent through content distribution and analytics.

“TechCrunch is thrilled to welcome Steph Curry to the Disrupt Stage in San Francisco this September,” said Ned Desmond, TechCrunch COO. “In addition to his record-breaking performance on the court, where he supports Nothing But Nets, Curry is also disrupting the tech industry by investing and involving himself with startups like Slyce.”

TechCrunch and Curry are partnering at Disrupt to support a cause that fights one of the oldest and deadliest diseases: malaria. Curry is a champion of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, a global movement to save lives by fighting malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every two minutes. The campaign raises awareness, funds, and voices to protect families most vulnerable from this preventable disease. Over the last four years, for every three-pointer Curry made he donated three life-saving bed nets.

“I am excited to be able to share the impactful work of Nothing But Nets with the TechCrunch Disrupt attendees,” said Curry. “Having the opportunity to continue to raise awareness and funds for the cause with such a creative and innovative audience is incredibly important to finding a solution to malaria.”

Directly following his onstage appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Stephen Curry will join the Nothing But Nets team and TechCrunch for an intimate onsite fundraising event. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Stephen, get a photo with the NBA MVP and help fight the scourge of malaria in Africa. The intimate reception will include a 15 minute Q&A moderated by sports journalist Rick Reilly who wrote the Sports Illustrated column that launched Nothing But Nets 10 years ago. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Nothing But Nets, and donations are tax-deductible. Attendance is limited to 50 and tickets can be purchased at www.nothingbutnets.net/techcrunchdisrupt.

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June 28 2016

Soccer Star Mix Diskerud Teams Up with Nothing But Nets to Fight Malaria

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced a new Champion in the fight against malaria. Professional soccer player Mix Diskerud has joined the campaign, committing to donate 20 life-saving anti-malaria bed nets for every goal he makes during the Major League Soccer regular season and during U.S. Men’s National Team games. In addition, he’ll donate 10 nets for every assist and $5 for each hat sold from his online company, MixLids.

Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease.

“Soccer is all about finding the back of the net, but there are nets in another part of the world that mean the difference between life and death,” said Diskerud. “I’m proud to team up with Nothing But Nets to protect families from malaria.”

Diskerud joins a team of professional and Olympic athletes who all support the Nothing But Nets campaign, raising awareness and funds to help fight malaria. He first learned of the campaign through its partnership with Athletes for Hope, a nonprofit organization that inspires, educates, and connects athletes to charitable causes throughout the world. MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, is a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, and encourages players, teams, and fans to get involved.

“Sports are part of our campaign’s DNA, and they are how so many of our supporters connect with our mission of fighting malaria,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, Director of Nothing But Nets. “As part of our family of athlete Champions, Mix Diskerud will advocate and raise awareness to help us protect those most vulnerable to this preventable disease.”

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work. Last year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million nets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa.

Now in its tenth year, the Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Fans can get involved to help Mix and Nothing But Nets in the fight against this deadly disease. Visit NothingButNets.net/Mix to send a net and help save a live, or MixLids.com to purchase a hat.

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Contact Rachel Henderson Communications Manager, Nothing But Nets rhenderson@unfoundation.org D: 202.739.2782

About Nothing But Nets Now in its tenth year, Nothing But Nets is a global campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every two minutes. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Nothing But Nets has raised $60 million to help deliver nearly ten million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria interventions. In addition to raising funds for its UN partners, Nothing But Nets raises awareness and voices to advocate for critical malaria funding for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It only costs $10 to help save lives from this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to defeat malaria.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: www.unfoundation.org.

About Athletes for Hope Athletes for Hope (www.athletesforhope.org) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007 by philanthropically-minded athletes such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Warrick Dunn, Alonzo Mourning, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. As athletes who share a deep commitment to giving back, our founders joined forces to create an organization that brings athletes together, to educate, inspire, and empower them to channel their energy for a common goal: to make a difference in the world. AFH now works with over 3,000 athletes across 25 different sports and has conducted philanthropic education workshops for numerous leagues, teams, and associations, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NWSL, Olympic Teams and ATP, WTA, and LPGA Tours. Follow Athletes for Hope on Twitter @Ath4Hope.

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June 21 2016

Dawes Releases Exclusive Track for Fans who Join Fight against Malaria

Today, Dawes announced it has released an exclusive track for fans who donate to the United Nations Foundations’ Nothing But Nets campaign, to help save lives from malaria. Fans who donate at NothingButNets.net/Dawes will receive a free download of Dawes covering The Waterboys’ “Fisherman’s Blues.” The promotion will run for 60 days.

Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease. It only costs $10 to purchase and deliver a life-saving bed net and provide education on its proper use.

In 2013, Dawes traveled with Nothing But Nets to Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda and saw the devastating impact of malaria firsthand. They visited children in the health clinic, sang and danced with families, delivered bed nets and personally hung them in homes.

“In Rwanda, we met so many families impacted by malaria,” said Taylor Goldsmith, lead singer of Dawes. “All it takes to protect a child is a simple bed net. Anyone can help us save a life.”

Today, there are tens of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo, seeking shelter in Rwanda. They are weak from their journey and more vulnerable to malaria. Nothing But Nets is working to send life-saving nets and other comprehensive malaria interventions and treatment to the region to help protect these refugees.

“After all refugees have endured and survived, they should not have to fear a mosquito bite,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets. “Dawes has supported our work for many years and we’re grateful for their efforts to help us raise awareness and save lives.”

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work. Last year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million nets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa.

Now in its tenth year, the Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Fans can donate at NothingButNets.net/Dawes to receive their free cover and to learn more about the fight against malaria.

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June 08 2016

Margaret Reilly McDonnell Appointed Director of the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign

The United Nations Foundation announced today the appointment of Margaret Reilly McDonnell as Director of its Nothing But Nets campaign — a global campaign to save lives by preventing malaria. McDonnell has served as Deputy Director for four years, alongside former Director Chris Helfrich.

McDonnell came to the United Nations Foundation with a strong background in strategic partnerships, issue-based advocacy campaigns, and global health, having worked with UNICEF in Botswana, the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival, and the ONE Campaign.

“The Nothing But Nets campaign has seen great success over the last ten years, protecting those most vulnerable from malaria,” said United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin. “For many years, Margaret has served the campaign with incredible dedication and is uniquely poised to elevate this life-saving work to new heights.”

Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease.

Now in its tenth year, the Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria.

Since it was founded in 2006, the campaign has raised more than $60 million and delivered nearly ten million life-saving bed nets and other malaria interventions to families in over 30 countries. Nothing But Nets also raises awareness and voices to advocate for critical malaria funding for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“As a mother of young kids, I am committed to working toward a day when no child dies from a mosquito bite,” said McDonnell. “The true power of Nothing But Nets is our base of passionate champions, partners, and supporters who’ve helped us protect millions from malaria. Together we can defeat this disease once and for all.”

Last year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million nets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa. The campaign is on track to achieve this goal.

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work.

Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and help save a live.

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April 29 2016

Sheryl Sandberg Uses 360 Video to “Call Her Shot” to Beat Malaria

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg joined the Call Your Shot campaign to beat malaria yesterday, posting a 360-degree video of her making a basketball shot. Sandberg called out tennis star Serena Williams, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman.

Sandberg, who founded LeanIn.org, joins elite athletes, celebrities and everyday champions who are calling their shots online and making donations to end malaria. Basketball superstar Stephen Curry launched the Call Your Shot challenge on Saturday, April 23, posting a video on his social channels of him calling and making a trick shot. Curry called out Warriors fans (Dub Nation), his brother Seth Curry, and hip hop artist Lecrae to call their shots. He also tweeted the challenge to TNT’s Inside the NBA stars Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith who called their shots during their live broadcast the next day.

Athletes joining the challenge include Brek Shea, (Orlando City and US National Team), Mix Diskerud, (New York City FC and US National Team), Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers), Seth Curry (Sacramento Kings), Anthony Tolliver (Detroit Pistons), Ruth Riley (WNBA legend and San Antonio Stars General Manager) and WNBA star Swin Cash (New York Liberty and Olympic Gold medalist). Kathy Behrens, President of Social Responsibility and Player Programs for the National Basketball Association, called her shot. Rick Reilly, sports personalities Tim and Sid and the Pistons mascot Hooper also posted videos. Lecrae and the bands Death Cab for Cutie and Dawes are among the musicians who have joined the challenge.

The Call Your Shot challenge is backed by the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, Malaria No More and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is supported by champions and partners across the public and private sectors. Samsung called their shot in 360-degree video at their annual developer conference today, calling out Lyft, Upload VR and PEAR Sports. Athletes for Hope provided their own team video and inspired several professional athletes to support the cause. CallYourShot.org is powered by Classy, an online platform specializing in nonprofit fundraising.

The goal of Call Your Shot is to raise awareness and funds to send nets and save lives from malaria. The challenge is simple, too. Participants film themselves making a fun or creative shot – in any sport. They challenge their friends, upload their videos using the hashtag #CallYourShot and donate to support nets and other anti-malaria efforts at CallYourShot.org.

The challenge comes at a pivotal moment in the malaria fight. Tremendous progress has been made in fighting the disease. Thanks to strong leaders and everyday champions, the world has cut malaria deaths in half since 2000. In that time, investments in malaria have saved 6.2 million lives, increased attendance at school, improved worker productivity, and boosted local economies.

The United States has been a global leader in the fight. In 2005, President George W. Bush created the President’s Malaria Initiative. President Barack Obama has embraced and expanded the effort. The U.S. has also been the largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bipartisan leadership from the House and Senate has been critical to the success.

Despite the outstanding progress, a child still dies every two minutes from malaria – an entirely preventable and treatable disease. In his final State of the Union speech, President Obama called on the world to end malaria.

For more information on the campaign visit CallYourShot.org or email to info@CallYourShot.org.

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April 25 2016

Basketball’s best shooter Stephen Curry launches “Call Your Shot” challenge taking aim at malaria

Leaders of Malaria No More and the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, Martin Edlund and Chris Helfrich, provided the following statement today about a new public awareness challenge called “Call Your Shot”:

“This weekend, the best shooter in basketball called his shot – to beat malaria. One of the most quintessential icons in sports today is inspired about saving lives, and we hope you will be too.

“Curry posted a video on social media calling and making a trick shot. In the video and his social media posts, he called out Warriors fans (Dub Nation), his brother Seth Curry, hip hop artist Lecrae, broadcaster and retired basketball player Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal to call their shots. He’s also donating to help us protect children and families from malaria, a disease which claims the life of child every two minutes. This is a preventable disease, and Curry knows everyone can help us save a life.

“The Call Your Shot challenge is supported by the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, Malaria No More, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as countless champions and partners across the public and private sectors.

“The goal of Call Your Shot is simple: raise awareness and funds to send nets and save lives. The challenge is simple, too. Participants film themselves making a fun or creative shot – in any sport. They challenge their friends, upload their videos using the hashtag #CallYourShot, and donate to support nets and other anti-malaria efforts at CallYourShot.org.

“The challenge comes at a pivotal moment in the fight to beat malaria. We are making tremendous progress fighting the disease. Thanks to strong leaders and everyday champions, the world has cut malaria deaths in half since 2000. In that time, investments in malaria have saved 6.2 million lives, increased attendance at school, improved worker productivity, and boosted local economies.

“The United States has been a global leader in the fight. In 2005, President George W. Bush created the President’s Malaria Initiative. President Barack Obama has embraced and expanded the effort. The U.S. has also been the largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bipartisan leadership from the House and Senate has been critical to the success.

“Despite the outstanding progress, a child is still dying every two minutes. That’s unacceptable. In his final State of the Union speech, President Obama called on the world to end malaria.

“There was a time when ending this ancient disease seemed impossible. Not anymore. We’re in the fourth quarter of this fight.

“Today on World Malaria Day, through the NBA playoffs and beyond, join with athletes, celebrities, organizations, companies, and everyday champions in the challenge to beat malaria.

“Every contribution counts. If we work together, we can be the generation to do something record-breaking: end malaria for good.”

For more information, visit CallYourShot.org.

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March 24 2016

JCI Announces New Commitment to The Million Nets Pledge

Today, JCI, announced that it will help the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign provide 30,000 life-saving bed nets for refugees in Africa, protecting families from malaria. JCI will activate its more than 200,000 members across the country and around the world to raise the funds, create awareness, and advocate this year, the second and final year of The Million Nets Pledge. If the funds are raised, it will unlock a match from Nothing But Nets partner Sumitomo Chemical Company, doubling the amount of nets to 60,000 to help protect more refugees from malaria.

“Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria,” said Paschal Dike, 2016 JCI President. “We are committed to working with Nothing But Nets to lead the generation that defeats malaria once and for all."

This monumental commitment comes as leaders recently returned from Cameroon with Nothing But Nets where they learned about the impact of malaria first hand and met with partners working in the region. Nothing But Nets works closely with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide bed nets and other malaria interventions for refugees and people displaced by conflict. In addition, the campaign advocates for strong leadership and funding for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provides over half of all international funding to fight malaria.

Recently, The Global Fund facilitated a national campaign to distribute 15.8 million nets, working to achieve universal coverage in Cameroon. Nets from this distribution have been circulated to almost every region of the country.

“Malaria is a leading cause of death in Cameroon,” said Arrey Obenson, JCI Secretary General. “I grew up here – it’s a devastating disease. We can help Nothing But Nets save thousands of lives right now.”

For the past seven years, JCI has been an instrumental partner to Nothing But Nets, helping to raise close to $3.5 million to protect refugees and families from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the course of its partnership, the world has made tremendous strides to defeat malaria – reducing child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa by 71% since 2000. The UN estimates that more than 6.2 million lives have been saved since 2000, and the targets for Millennium Development Goal 6 have been met or surpassed. The UN and global leaders now seek to reduce cases and deaths from malaria worldwide by 90% and to eliminate malaria in at least 35 countries by 2030.

“JCI is one of our most passionate and dedicated partners and I’m thrilled by this renewed commitment to help us protect those most vulnerable from malaria,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “Our partners help us make the biggest impact – only together can we truly defeat this disease for good.”

Today, there are tens of millions of refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work. Last year, Nothing But Nets launched The Million Nets Pledge, a commitment to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa. At a special United Nations event in September, Sumitomo Chemical Co. issued a matching grant challenge to Nothing But Nets supporters and partners who donate to The Million Nets Pledge.

The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Anyone can join The Million Nets Pledge and help to send one million nets to protect refugee families from malaria. JCI members can go to www.NothingButNets.net/JCI to donate and help save lives.

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February 22 2016

At Nothing But Nets Summit, The White House Announces Increased Funding, Expansion of the President’s Malaria Initiative to Help Defeat Malaria

Today, at the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Champion Summit, President Obama’s National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice, announced the Administration’s plans to leverage increased malaria funding by expanding the President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) work in six countries. The announcement came in front of more than 125 youth and advocates from 26 states who have convened in Washington, D.C. to learn the necessary skills to become the next generation of grassroots leaders in the fight to defeat malaria.

“Beating diseases like malaria is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do – for our common security,” said Ambassador Rice.

Recently in his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called to end the scourge of malaria and urged Congress to increase funding. President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request called for $874 million for PMI, a $200 million increase, and $1.35 billion in vital funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

With the support of Congress, the $200 million increase for PMI will mean the program can expand to three new countries—Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, and Cameroon—and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. It would also mean launching an effort to eliminate malaria in Zambia and Cambodia, in partnership with host governments, NGOs, and other partners. The funding would help to provide nearly 14 million more bed nets—and ensure that over 27 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are protected from malaria. Finally, working with both public and private sector researchers, PMI will accelerate the research, development, and evaluation of new tools to combat malaria.

“We are grateful to Ambassador Rice and the Administration for extraordinary leadership in the fight against malaria,” said Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. “I hope that we will continue to see bipartisan support from Congress on this important issue.”

Tomorrow, Nothing But Nets Champions will take the Administration’s message to Capitol Hill to meet with their elected leaders advocating for the continued crucial funding of PMI and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Over the last two days, Nothing But Nets Champions have repeatedly reminded me of the power of this campaign – it doesn’t matter if you’re a student, a CEO, or a celebrity athlete, anyone can make a difference,” said Chris Helfrich, director of Nothing But Nets. “We have the largest grassroots constituency working to defeat malaria – and they are passionate about raising their voices to end this disease for good.”

Yesterday, soccer star Abby Wambach addressed Nothing But Nets Champions, imploring them to let their passion to end malaria fuel their efforts and make their voices heard. And she spoke passionately about her own efforts to ensure equality for all.

“How much does it cost to treat someone equally? Zero. I am going to work until I’m gone from this planet to ensure that everyone is treated equally,” said Wambach.

Other Summit speakers included Kelly T. Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR; Alan Court, Senior Advisor, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria; and Thon Moses Chol, refugee advocate and malaria survivor.

Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting this disease caused by a single mosquito bite. Now in its tenth year, the campaign has raised $60 million and delivered nearly ten million nets through its UN partners to protect refugees and families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Since 2000, there has been incredible progress made to defeat the disease – more than 6.2 million lives have been saved, and child mortality rates have decreased 71% in sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more and get involved, visit www.NothingButNets.net.

To view the Ambassador’s full remarks, visit http://1.usa.gov/1KF3kLB.

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February 16 2016

Ambassador Susan Rice, Soccer Star Abby Wambach Champion Leadership in Fight against Malaria

Next week, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign will bring together more than 125 youth and advocates from 26 states for its annual Champion Summit, a three-day event to train and mobilize the next generation of grassroots leaders in the fight against malaria. United States National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice, along with soccer star Abby Wambach, will speak to the Nothing But Nets Champions, inspiring them to use their voices in their communities and help ignite progress against this deadly disease.

During the Summit, Champions will learn the necessary skills to help build awareness about malaria and how to talk with their elected leaders about the power of funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Summit participants will hear from additional speakers including:

* Kelly T. Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR

* Alan Court, Senior Advisor, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria

* Thon Chol, Refugee Advocate & Malaria Survivor

* Ivan Blumberg, CEO, Athletes for Hope

* Dr. Andrew Baldwin, US Naval Officer, Ironman Triathlete, Humanitarian, ABC’s “The Bachelor”

* Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, United Nations Foundation

* Chris Helfrich, Director, Nothing But Nets

* Donya Nasser, U.S. Youth Observer to the UN

Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting this disease caused by a single mosquito bite. Now in its tenth year, the campaign has raised $60 million and delivered nearly ten million nets through its UN partners to protect refugees and families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Since 2000, there has been incredible progress made to defeat the disease – more than 6.2 million lives have been saved, and child mortality rates have decreased 71% in sub-Saharan Africa.

Recently in his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called to end the scourge of malaria and urged Congress to increase funding. President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request called for $874 million for PMI, a $200 million increase, and $1.35 billion in vital funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Media Opportunity: This event is open to the press. Please contact Rachel Henderson, Nothing But Nets Communications Manager, for credentials and speaker availability.

When: February 21 – 23, 2016

Where: Washington Marriot Georgetown, 1221 22nd St NW

For interview or content requests, please contact Rachel Henderson, Nothing But Nets, at 570-259-2205, rhenderson@unfoundation.org.

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December 09 2015

Nothing But Nets Director Hails Historic Progress Revealed in World Malaria Report

Upon today’s release of World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2015, Chris Helfrich, Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, made the following statement:

“The World Malaria Report released today reflects historic progress in the global fight against malaria. Since 2000, the mortality rate among children under five fell by 65 percent worldwide and by 71 percent in Africa. I’m thrilled to see such tremendous progress against this deadly disease.

“A lot of this progress can be attributed to life-saving bednets distributed across sub-Saharan Africa. By 2014, more than half of the population was protected by nets, compared to less than two percent in 2000.

“The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently declared that the UN’s targets to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015 – as outlined under Millennium Development Goal 6 – have been met and surpassed. This is also reflected in the report. This gives us incredible momentum as we start 2016 and a new set of global goals to end this disease for good.

“Our work is still far from complete. There were 438,000 deaths from malaria worldwide this year. Approximately 3.3 billion people are still at risk of malaria.

“No child should die from a mosquito bite. Every child deserves the chance to lead a healthy life, which is why we must sustain the gains we’ve made and accelerate efforts to defeat malaria.

“I’m proud that since 2006, Nothing But Nets has worked closely with its UN partners to deliver more than nine million nets to families across 30 African countries. We are grateful for the more than 350,000 supporters, partners, and champions across the country and around the world who are raising awareness, funds, and voices to make an impact. Our partners and supporters across the United States are advocating for continued malaria funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President’s Malaria Initiative, so that they can continue their crucial work with us in the fight against malaria.

“Just this year, we announced The Million Nets Pledge, our commitment to delivering over one million life-saving nets to refugees and families displaced by conflict across sub-Saharan Africa. We are already halfway to our goal, thanks to many generous donors and a new partnership with leading bednet manufacturer Sumitomo Chemical Company.

“We can’t stop now. Millions of children and their families are counting on us. Together, we can defeat malaria."

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October 28 2015

Detroit Pistons Players to Send Nets and Protect Refugees from Malaria

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, the world’s largest, grassroots campaign to fight malaria, announced its Champions Anthony Tolliver and Steve Blake will donate three life-saving bednets to the campaign for every three-pointer they make during the 2015-16 NBA season. They have inspired at least seven more of their teammates to also support Nothing But Nets this season.

Inspired by Golden State Warriors star and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry, both Tolliver and Blake joined the Nothing But Nets campaign earlier this year and hope to raise awareness and funds, as well as encourage fans, to help protect refugees and their families from malaria.

“We’re blown away by this incredible commitment from the Pistons to help us defeat malaria,” said Chris Helfrich, director of Nothing But Nets. “It doesn’t matter if you’re an NBA athlete, coach, or fan – sports can inspire change and save lives.”

After hearing about the need for insecticide-treated nets in Africa, Tolliver drove the idea of the campaign to his teammates, urging them to also get involved. Several players have committed to donating nets for three-pointers, blocked shots, and even dunks.

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners, UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency, work. This year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa.

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease.

The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Fans can get involved to help the Detroit Pistons and Nothing But Nets in the fight against this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and help save a live.

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October 28 2015

Warriors Guard Stephen Curry Continues "Three for Three Challenge" Benefiting Nothing But Nets For 2015-16 Season

Golden State Warriors guard and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry will once again lead his Three for Three Challenge during the 2015-16 season by donating three life-saving nets to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign for every three-pointer he makes, it was announced today. The Warriors also announced today the team will match Curry’s donation throughout the 2015-16 campaign up to $5,000.

During his first three seasons running the challenge (2012-13, 2013-14 & 2014-15), Curry donated 2,457 nets to help thousands of families avoid malaria infection. Last season, en route to leading the Warriors to the 2015 NBA Championship, Curry established a new NBA single-season three-point record with 286 three-pointers made and donated 858 nets. During the 2013-14 campaign, Curry made 261 three-pointers, providing 783 nets to the cause. In 2012-13, Curry hit 272 threes and donated 816 nets. In addition, the Warriors organization has participated in the cause the past two seasons and donated 1,283 nets to help Nothing But Nets protect families in Africa from malaria.

“The Nothing But Nets campaign is an outstanding organization working to help a cause near and dear to my heart,” said Curry. “I am honored to be in a position to help raise awareness for the campaign and provide nets to protect families from malaria for the fourth season in a row.”

Since his time as a college star at Davidson when his college roommate, Bryant Barr, educated him and encouraged him to get involved in the cause, Curry has been a committed champion of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which works with the UN and other partners to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five. Nets are a simple, cost-effective solution. It only costs $10 to purchase and deliver a net, and provide education on its proper use. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has delivered millions of life-saving nets and other malaria interventions to protect families in need thanks to the generous contributions from its partners, champions, and supporters. In 2013, Curry visited a refugee camp in Tanzania with the campaign, helping to deliver nets to families and hang them in their homes.

“Nets aren’t just used in sports – they can save lives,” said Chris Helfrich, director of Nothing But Nets. “I’m thrilled Stephen continues to inspire others to join him to protect refugees from malaria. He has witnessed firsthand how devastating this disease is to their families.”

Fans can get involved to help Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the fight against malaria. Go to http://bit.ly/3for3Challenge to send a net and help save a life. For more information on the Golden State Warriors 2015-16 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, visit warriors.com.

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September 28 2015

Nothing But Nets Announces Major Commitment to The Million Nets Pledge

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, the world’s largest grassroots campaign to fight malaria, announced a major new partnership with Sumitomo Chemical Co., one of the largest global bednet manufacturers. Unveiled Saturday at a special United Nations event, Sumitomo Chemical issued a matching grant challenge to Nothing But Nets supporters, alongside a pledge for significant campaign support, in a partnership aiming to protect one million vulnerable refugees from malaria with life-saving bednets.

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners, UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency, work. This year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa.

“Refugees and their families have faced unspeakable odds,” said Kathy Calvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. “After all they have endured and survived, they should not have to worry about malaria. The Million Nets Pledge will help families have the opportunity to rebuild, be healthy, and thrive.”

The new partnership was recognized at an event on Saturday, September 26, to support Every Woman Every Child, an unprecedented global movement launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010. Every Woman Every Child mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world.

Sumitomo Chemical created the world’s first long lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) – the Olyset® Net – to be recommended by the World Health Organization and is committed to protecting all vulnerable people from malaria as the world works towards the ultimate goal of malaria elimination.

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease.

The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Anyone can join The Million Nets Pledge and help to send one million nets to protect refugee families from malaria. Go to www.NothingButNets.net/MillionNetsPledge to take the pledge and help save lives.

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June 24 2015

Mancheno Insurance Agency and Nationwide Insurance Join Nothing But Nets Campaign to Save Lives

Today, the California-based Mancheno Insurance Agency, a member of the Nationwide Insurance Independent channel, announced its partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to protect refugees from malaria. In forming the first insurance industry partnership with Nothing But Nets, Jorge Mancheno of Mancheno Insurance Agency was inspired by Golden State Warriors star and NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who also supports the campaign.

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries where Nothing But Nets works. This year, Nothing But Nets launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets and other malaria interventions by 2016.

Mancheno Insurance Agency is joining The Million Nets Pledge by donating three life-saving, insecticide-treated bednets to Nothing But Nets for every new homeowner policy sold during the year and their contributions will be matched by Nationwide Insurance. The partnership builds on one formed earlier this year with Nationwide Insurance matching Stephen Curry’s Three for Three Challenge for the 2014-2015 season.

Nothing But Nets is saving lives,” said Jorge Mancheno, owner, Mancheno Insurance Agency. “Anyone can help save a life, and we want to do our part to protect families from this disease in sub-Saharan Africa while we also provide coverage to families here at home.”

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations, including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict, are protected from this deadly disease.

“Mancheno Insurance Agency and Nationwide’s Western Regional Office (WRO) will save lives by joining The Million Nets Pledge,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “Their creativity is living proof that anyone can make a difference to help us protect refugees from malaria.”

The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to CEOs – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Anyone can join The Million Nets Pledge and help to send one million nets to protect refugee families from malaria. Go to www.NothingButNets.net/MillionNetsPledge to take the pledge and help save lives.

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June 19 2015

Actress Serinda Swan Helps Nothing But Nets Fight Malaria on World Refugee Day

Tomorrow, June 20, is World Refugee Day and Serinda Swan, actress of USA’s hit summer show, Graceland, is calling for fans and global health advocates to support the millions of women and children living as refugees around the world. Swan, who plays DEA agent Paige Arkin, supports the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, protecting refugee families from malaria.

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets works. This year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence in Central Africa.

“I traveled with Nothing But Nets to the Kakuma Refugee Camp on the border of South Sudan,” says Swan. “Malaria has devastating impacts on these families and I hope I can inspire more people to take action and save lives.”

This World Refugee Day, Nothing But Nets aims to deliver 10,000 life-saving bednets to protect vulnerable families from this preventable disease. NRS International, a family-owned company that develops and manufactures products for the humanitarian aid, public health and development sectors and its subsidiary, TANA Netting, have joined The Million Nets Pledge and will be matching contributions to Nothing But Nets through the end of June with an in-kind gift of 5,000 nets to protect refugee families from malaria.

“Refugee families and children across Africa have faced unspeakable odds,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “After all they have endured and survived, these families should not have to fear dying from a mosquito bite. We are committed to protecting them so they can rebuild, be healthy, and thrive.”

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease.

The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Anyone can join The Million Nets Pledge and help to send one million nets to protect refugee families from malaria. Go to www.NothingButNets.net/MillionNetsPledge to take the pledge and help save lives.

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May 07 2015

The MUSCLE MILK® Brand Donates $10,000 on Behalf of Stephen Curry

CytoSport, Inc., parent company to the MUSCLE MILK® brand, announced today that the brand will donate $10,000 to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign in Stephen Curry’s name to celebrate his Most Valuable Player honor.

The MUSCLE MILK® brand has been a proud partner of Curry starting in the early phases of his professional career and shares his passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Nothing But Nets is a global organization that Curry supports that provides bednets to families in Africa to protect them from malaria, a disease that claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. The donation will provide 1,000 insecticide-treated nets to help save the lives of families in need.

“I’m overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from my partners, and I’m grateful that the Muscle Milk team would decide to do something like this,” said Curry. “What an honor that my team can use this award as a platform to make a difference, and I appreciate that they are willing to support the Nothing But Nets cause.”

“We are so proud to be a small part of supporting Stephen’s journey to being recognized with the league’s top individual honor,” said Greg Longstreet, president and CEO of CytoSport, Inc. “His dedication to the game and commitment to constant improvement have displayed his mindset that he can ‘do all things’. He represents character, strength, determination and drive on and off the court. We make this donation to demonstrate our support for him as a person and an athlete and to provide life-saving nets not found on the basketball court.”

“Stephen has been a tremendous leader in this movement to save lives,” said Chris Helfrich, director of Nothing But Nets. “With his support, we’ve helped save millions from this preventable disease. We’re thrilled to see his fans, team, the sports community, and now Muscle Milk joining this important fight against malaria.”

For more information on the MUSCLE MILK® brand, visit www.musclemilk.com and facebook.com/musclemilk or follow the brand at @MuscleMilk on Instagram and Twitter. For more information on Nothing But Nets, please visit www.nothingbutnets.net. 

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April 25 2015

Supporters Worldwide Join The Million Nets Pledge on World Malaria Day

In observance of World Malaria Day, today thousands of supporters worldwide will join The Million Nets Pledge, a two-year pledge by the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to protect refugee families with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious $10 million pledge focuses on their increased work with UN partners to protect children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.

“There has been a large surge in refugee families displaced by conflict in several countries across Africa,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “Malaria is a leading killer of refugees – after all they have endured and survived, these families should not have to fear dying from a mosquito bite.”

The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to CEOs – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Today, campaign partners and supporters across the country have announced their commitments to The Million Nets Pledge.

Beginning today, Orlando City SC defender and member of the United States men's national soccer team (USMNT), Brek Shea, will donate 30 nets to Nothing But Nets for every win, 10 nets for every tie, and 10 for every goal he scores in any Orlando City or USMNT game.

“I’m glad I can help raise awareness for this important cause and inspire more soccer fans to help us save refugee lives,” said Shea. “No one should suffer from a disease that’s preventable.”

Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver also announced his support for the campaign today via social media. He joins several professional athletes including Steve Blake, Kristin Hildebrand, and Vania King who this month have all pledged their support for Nothing But Nets and asked their fans to take The Million Nets Pledge.

Lieutenant Commander Dr. Andy Baldwin, an ironman triathlete, humanitarian, U.S. Naval Officer and physician, and star of ABC’s hit show, "The Bachelor,” has pledged his commitment to the campaign through a running challenge between himself and Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. From April 1 through World Malaria Day, each ran “Miles for Malaria,” donating $1 for each of the other’s total miles tally. The loser will buzz his hair.

The Million Nets Pledge is spreading through local communities across the country. Retired American professional soccer player Jared Montz, through the Online Soccer Academy, today hosts the third-annual nationwide Juggle-a-thon to bring together local soccer teams and players to juggle and raise funds for nets. The Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, Southern California Chapter, will host its 1st Annual World Without Malaria 5K Walk, to help Nothing But Nets send nets to refugees fleeing violence in Nigeria.

Nothing But Nets youth champions are holding local events to send nets and help save lives. West Springfield High School student Kevin Strickland is hosting a local bake sale in Springfield, VA and expects to surpass his $10,000 fundraising goal in the history of his work for the campaign. And through a Nothing But Nets partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, several of the campaign’s Malaria Fellows on college campuses across the country will be holding in-district meetings with their members of Congress to advocate for strong continued U.S. leadership and funding in the fight against malaria.

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills a child every 60 seconds. But long-lasting, insecticide-treated bednets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives. Nothing But Nets and its UN partners, including The UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF, deliver these nets to families where they’re needed most.

Anyone from students to CEOs can join The Million Nets Pledge and help to send one million nets to protect refugee families from malaria. Go to www.NothingButNets.net/MillionNetsPledge to take the pledge and help save lives.

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April 15 2015

Nothing But Nets Announces The Million Nets Pledge to Fight Malaria

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced The Million Nets Pledge, a new two-year commitment to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious $10 million pledge focuses on their increased work with UN partners to protect children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.

Today’s announcement came from the campaign’s special launch event in New York, which featured special remarks from several of the campaign’s partners and supporters who made their own commitments toward The Million Nets Pledge.

Lieutenant Commander Dr. Andy Baldwin, an ironman triathlete, humanitarian, US Naval Officer and physician, and star of ABC’s hit show, "The Bachelor,” has pledged his commitment through a running challenge between himself and Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. From April 1 through April 25, World Malaria Day, each will run “Miles for Malaria,” donating $1 for each of the other’s total miles tally. The loser has to buzz his hair.

“I'm running in memory of the hundreds of thousands of children who have died before their 5th birthday because of malaria,” said Baldwin. “Anyone can help Nothing But Nets protect families from malaria.”

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills a child every 60 seconds and it is a leading killer of refugees in Africa. But long-lasting, insecticide-treated bednets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives. Nothing But Nets and its UN partners, including The UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF, deliver these nets to families where they’re needed most.

"There has been a large surge in refugee families displaced by conflict in several countries across Africa,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “After all they have endured and survived, these families should not have to fear dying from a mosquito bite.”

Many representatives from the sports community were also on hand for the landmark announcement. Founding partners The NBA and MLS WORKS were in attendance, as well as new partner the Whistle Sports Network, and tennis professional Vania King who represented Athletes for Hope. This month, King, along with professional athletes including Steve Blake and Kristen Hildebrand, announced their commitments to Nothing But Nets and The Million Nets Pledge.

Whether a Boy Scout who hiked 100 miles, or 9-year-old who swam across the San Francisco Bay, hundreds of thousands of supporters and partners worldwide have done amazing things to raise awareness and funds to help Nothing But Nets send nets and save lives. Junior Chamber International (JCI) has rallied its 200,000 members worldwide to help Nothing But Nets send hundreds of thousands of nets. Opera singer Simon Estes and his Foundation have contributed $200,000 to the campaign and mobilized students across the state of Iowa to get involved in the fight against malaria.

Golden State Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry continues his Three for Three Challenge, donating three nets for every three-pointer he makes during the NBA season. The Warriors will match his challenge up to $5,000. Just last week, Curry broke his own NBA record for three-pointers in a single season and currently has 284.

Anyone from students to CEOs can join The Million Nets Pledge and help to send one million nets to protect refugee families from malaria. Go to www.NothingButNets.net/MillionNetsPledge to take the pledge and help save lives.

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March 17 2015

Nothing But Nets and The Whistle Sports Network Team Up to Save Lives

Today, at South by Southwest, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and The Whistle Sports Network announced a new partnership to unify the global sports community in a mission beyond winning games – working together to save lives.

With more than 2.7 billion views and 64 million online followers, Whistle Sports Network is the millennial voice and destination for sports. By activating its channel partners, Whistle Sports will inspire youth to join Nothing But Nets in protecting families from malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. Whistle Sports channel partners that will be participating with Nothing But Nets at launch include: Dude Perfect, STR Skill School, Major League Ultimate, Shot Science, Stronger Team, Five Star Basketball Camp, Me And My Golf and Freestyle Factory.

“What's best about sport is the lessons it teaches - resilience, courage, enthusiasm, and teamwork,” said Brian Selander, Executive Vice President of Whistle Sports. “These values show exactly the kind of passion that we are looking to unleash in our fans today with this partnership.”

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year. But nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives.

“The global community has already cut child deaths from malaria in half over the last decade,” said Nothing But Nets Director, Christopher Helfrich. “We are making tremendous progress and we hope that Whistle Sports ignites a generation of young people to help us defeat malaria in their lifetime.”

At the Social Good Hub in Austin, Nothing But Nets and Whistle Sports issued a call to action to sports fans and the digital community – to join “The Million Nets Pledge” on World Malaria Day (April 25) and help Nothing But Nets protect refugee families with life-saving bednets.

“By the end of next year, Nothing But Nets hopes to deliver more than a million nets to refugee families in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Helfrich. “Whistle Sports fans can help us get started by donating $10 on World Malaria Day, and asking their social networks to join the Million Nets Pledge.”

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. Since 2006, hundreds of thousands of sports fans and campaign supporters have joined the campaign to send nets and save lives. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has helped deliver more than nine million nets to families in 29 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more, visit www.NothingButNets.net. 

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January 20 2015

Nothing But Nets and Athletes for Hope Connect Athletes and Fans to Fight Malaria

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and Athletes for Hope are joining forces to connect professional, Olympic, and collegiate athletes and their fans to help save lives by preventing malaria, a leading cause of death among children globally.

The partnership aims to unify athletes and their fans, in every sport, to work together in fun, creative ways to raise awareness about the disease, which claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. In sub-Saharan Africa, it only costs $10 to deliver a life-saving bednet to protect families from malaria.

“Nets aren’t just used in sports – they are crucial to protecting families from malaria,” said Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “I’m excited that Athletes for Hope will introduce more athletes and sports fans to this important cause.”

Founded by Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Alonzo Mourning, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee among others, Athletes for Hope brings athletes together to educate, inspire, and empower them to help make a difference in the world. Athletes for Hope members will be introduced to the Nothing But Nets campaign and have a number of opportunities to engage their fans and communities throughout the year to join the fight against malaria.

”Athletes for Hope is honored to join forces with Nothing But Nets to fight malaria,” said Ivan Blumberg, Chief Executive Officer of Athletes for Hope. “This engagement is the first global cause that our over 2,000 athlete members will have the opportunity to address.”

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year. But nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives.

“The global community has already cut child deaths from malaria in half over the last decade,” said Nothing But Nets Director, Christopher Helfrich. “We are making tremendous progress and partners like Athletes for Hope are going to help us defeat malaria in this generation.”

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. Since 2006, hundreds of thousands of sports fans and campaign supporters have joined the campaign to send nets and save lives. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has helped deliver more than 9 million nets to families in 29 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more, visit www.NothingButNets.net.

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December 09 2014

Nothing But Nets Director Celebrates Progress Outlined in World Malaria Report

Chris Helfrich, Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, provided the following statement on the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2014 released today:

“The World Malaria Report released today projects that for the first time, the global health community will deliver a record 214 million insecticide-treated bednets to families in sub-Saharan Africa this year alone. This report reinforces that nets and other malaria interventions are working – it’s estimated that since 2001, there have been 4.3 million lives saved and 92 percent of those are children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Thanks to the hard work of our partners around the world, malaria is on the decline: the report shows that malaria mortality rates decreased by 47 percent between 2000 and 2013 globally, and by 54 percent in Africa – where about 90 percent of malaria deaths occur. They are estimated to have decreased by 53 percent among children under age five and by an astounding 58 percent in Africa.

“It’s exciting to see that the malaria target under the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 6 has been met, and 55 countries are on track to reduce their malaria burden by 75 percent.

“While we’ve made tremendous progress, our work is far from complete. A child still dies from malaria every 60 seconds. And an estimated 218 million people in Africa still live without a single net to protect them from the disease.

“All children deserve the chance to lead healthy lives, which is why we must sustain the gains we’ve made and accelerate efforts to control and eliminate malaria.

“I’m proud that since 2006, Nothing But Nets has worked closely with its UN partners to deliver more than 7.5 million nets to families across 29 African countries. We are grateful for the more than 350,000 supporters, partners, and champions across the country and around the world who are raising awareness, funds, and voices to make an impact. Our partners and supporters across the United States are advocating for malaria funding support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President’s Malaria Initiative, so that they can continue their crucial work with us in the fight against malaria.

“Millions of children and their families are counting on us. Let’s celebrate and accelerate this progress to end malaria in a generation.” 

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December 02 2014

Stephen Curry Gifts Nets to Honor Teammates on #GivingTuesday

Today, recognizing #GivingTuesday, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry announced that he is supporting the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. Curry has committed to “Gift a Net” in honor of each of his teammates, sending life-saving bednets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.

#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, harnesses the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to celebrate the power of giving. Following the so-called Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday retail milestones that kick off the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is intended to inspire people to take collaborative action to give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they celebrate and help create a better world.

“#GivingTuesday reminds us that we can all have an impact on the world,” said Curry. “I cannot help but think about the parents I met in Tanzania who just want to protect their children from malaria. A $10 net makes all the difference.”

Just last month Curry announced he’s again leading his Three for Three Challenge by donating three life-saving nets to Nothing But Nets for every three-pointer he makes in the 2014-15 season. The Warriors also announced it will match Curry’s Challenge up to $5,000. During his first two seasons running the Challenge (2012-13 & 2013-14), Curry donated 1,599 nets to protect thousands of families from malaria.

“We are so fortune to have Stephen as a Champion,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “It’s because of Stephen and thousands of other supporters that we’ve played a critical role in reducing the rate of childhood malaria deaths by almost half in the last ten years.”

Anyone can Gift a Net in honor of their friends and loved ones through the Nothing But Nets campaign. It costs $10 to provide a life-saving net to protect a family from malaria – so they can celebrate many more holidays together. In return, Nothing But Nets will send a personalized holiday card to your loved ones, letting them know you chose to Gift a Net in their honor.

The Gift a Net campaign was inspired by Nothing But Nets Champions like Lynda and Katherine Commale, the incredible mother-daughter duo from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. In 2006, they started their own fundraising campaign through their church to raise funds for Nothing But Nets, including selling holiday gift certificates to send nets to families in Africa. Together they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the campaign.

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, and kills a child every 60 seconds. But nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives.

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has helped deliver more than 7.5 million nets since 2006. 

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October 29 2014

Stephen Curry Drives Three for Three Challenge Benefiting Nothing But Nets for 2014-15 Season

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will once again lead his Three for Three Challenge for the 2014-15 season by donating three life-saving bednets to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign for every three-pointer he makes this season, it was announced today. The Warriors also announced today the team will match Curry’s donation throughout the 2014-15 season up to $5,000.

During his first two seasons running the challenge (2012-13 & 2013-14), Curry donated 1,599 bednets to help thousands of families avoid malaria infection. During the 2012-13 season, Curry established a new NBA single-season three-point record with 272 three-pointers made and donated 816 bednets, and last season (2013-14), Curry recorded 261 three-pointers, providing 783 bednets to families.

“I am honored to support the Nothing But Nets campaign for the third season in a row to continue to help raise awareness and provide bednets to protect families from malaria,” said Curry. “This has been an issue close to my heart since my days at Davidson, and I am grateful that the Warriors organization is helping me once again this season to give to such an important cause.”

Since his time as a college star at Davidson when his college roommate, Bryant Barr, educated him and encouraged him to get involved in the cause, Curry has been a committed champion of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which works with the UN and other partners to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five. Bednets provide a simple, cost-effective solution. It only costs $10 to purchase and deliver a bednet, and provide education on its proper use. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has delivered millions of life-saving bednets to protect families in need thanks to the generous contributions from its partners, champions, and supporters.

“Last year, Stephen traveled with us to Tanzania and saw first-hand how malaria can devastate families,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. “We are so grateful that he and the Golden State Warriors have inspired thousands of fans to get involved in the fight to defeat malaria.”

Fans can get involved to help Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the fight against malaria. Go to www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and help save a life. For more information on the Golden State Warriors 2014-15 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, please visit Warriors.com.

 

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August 18 2014

United Nations Foundation Mobilizes Critical Support for the Millennium Development Goals

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, created by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner to support the UN’s life-saving work, highlighted its continuing commitment to join with the UN to advance progress on the MDGs.

“Global progress doesn’t happen by accident; it happens because of action,” said UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin. “The Millennium Development Goals have inspired the world to act and because of what countries and sectors have done together, fewer people live in poverty and millions more people live with the opportunity to build a better life for their children.”

“Over the next 500 days and beyond, the UN Foundation will continue to work with the UN and partners to drive momentum toward the MDGs,” Calvin continued. “This is our obligation and our opportunity. By advancing progress on the MDGs, we can build a strong foundation for the next development agenda and most importantly a better world for all.”

To support the MDGs, the UN Foundation will work with the UN and partners to improve global health, advance sustainable energy, empower girls and women, and more.

- The UN Foundation has committed to work for child and maternal survival and health by continuing to fulfill and build on our commitment to the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child movement.

- The Foundation, a founding partner of the Measles & Rubella Initiative, will contribute to the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other partners of the initiative to reach an additional 60 million children in approximately 25 countries with measles and rubella vaccines by the end of 2015, as part of our 15-year commitment to combatting measles;

- We will help provide life-saving vaccines – including more than 2 million polio vaccines between now and the end of 2015 – to children around the world through our Shot@Life campaign, which supports WHO, UNICEF, and other partners.

- We will provide 500,000 anti-malaria bed nets between now and the end of 2015 to protect families in Africa from malaria through our Nothing But Nets campaign, working primarily through UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

- We will help deliver vital health information via mobile phones to new and expectant mothers throughout the developing world. Through the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), between now and the end of 2015, we will double our reach to 2.5 million women and their families globally; start programs in two new countries, including Nigeria where 10 percent of the maternal deaths globally occur; and communicate the results of our seminal research to determine health behavior change in Bangladesh and the impact of MAMA’s messages on HIV+ mothers and their babies.

- Through the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Foundation will help enable a total of approximately 7.5 million households access to cookstoves and fuels that are clean and efficient, reducing their exposure to deadly household air pollution.

- We will deliver small-scale off-grid clean energy services to a similar number of households through the 1,700 members of the UN Foundation-led Energy Access Practitioner Network, operating in more than 190 countries.

- We will assess the energy needs of 250 rural health clinics that lack reliable access to power in up to five sub-Saharan countries, in conjunction with the World Health Organization and UN Women.

- These steps will help address the energy access challenge in support of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

- Through our Girl Up campaign, we will provide at least $3 million to the United Nations, so that girls in developing countries have the chance to go to school, see a doctor, and stay safe from violence.

- Through commitments made at the London Summit on Family Planning and Family Planning 2020, funding to the United Nations Population Fund increased significantly and is expected to continue to increase.

- To provide greater opportunity for achieving gender equality, we will help identify the best development interventions to empower women economically, based on rigorous research for A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment, a report from the UN Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation that included involvement from UN Women.

- The Foundation will help improve the availability and use of global data on girls and women. Through Data2X, which has engaged several UN entities, we will form partnerships on key data gaps to better track global development achievements of the MDGs and post-2015 and sustainable development goals processes.

MDG 500, Building #MDGmomentum

These commitments – and the efforts of multiple UN agencies, nonprofits, governments, and individuals around the world whose work is helping achieve the MDGs – are being highlighted as part of MDG 500, a day-long digital dialogue happening around the world to raise awareness of the progress being made on the MDGs. Through Twitter chats, Google+ hangouts, and other digital events, dozens of partners are pushing for continued momentum on the MDGs. Visit MDG500.org to learn more.

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June 19 2014

Beyond the Pitch: DaMarcus Beasley Joins Nothing But Nets to Fight Malaria

Today, Nothing But Nets announced its newest champion in the fight against malaria – American soccer player DaMarcus Beasley. Currently playing for the United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the star defender is leveraging his talent and voice to raise awareness for the United Nations Foundation campaign.

Today, Beasley announced his World Cup Challenge, committing to donate 25 insecticide-treated bed nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa for every U.S. win in the World Cup. He’ll also donate 10 nets for every tie. He’s calling on U.S. soccer fans, like The American Outlaws, to join his challenge by hosting World Cup watch parties and matching his donations to the campaign.

“The World Cup is the biggest global stage to bring awareness to a global killer like malaria,” said Beasley. “I’m challenging fans, clubs, and players to join me in sending nets and saving lives.” Beasley and the U.S. men’s team will meet opponent Portugal this Sunday, at 6 p.m. ET at Arena Amazônia in Manaus.

The USMNT won its first World Cup game against Ghana on Monday in an exciting 2-1 matchup. They will also meet Germany next week in its final game of the opening Group G matches. Beasley also hopes to get soccer youth at schools and camps across the country involved in the fight against malaria. The Beasley National Soccer School of Fort Wayne, Indiana is one such program.

“We’re thrilled to have DaMarcus join us in the fight against malaria,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. “We hope U.S. soccer fans will rally around saving lives as they cheer on our World Cup team. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing in the World Cup or watching from home – anyone can make a difference.”

Soccer has been integral to the success of the Nothing But Nets campaign. MLS WORKS has been a campaign partner since 2007 and helped send hundreds of thousands of bed nets to families in need. MLS teams and players all over the country have hosted games, tournaments, and challenges to help Nothing But Nets send nets and save lives.

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has delivered more than 7 million bed nets since 2006.

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year and claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution and some research has shown they can reduce the spread of malaria by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to learn more about hosting a World Cup watch party, or donate $10 to help send a net and save a life.

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June 06 2014

Cross Country BzzzTour Fights to End Malaria

For the second year in a row, the Junior Chamber International (JCI USA), is partnering with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, kicking off a multicity “BzzzTour” today to encourage elected officials, JCI chapters, and communities nationwide to continue the fight against malaria. The tour will visit more than 100 JCI chapters across 20 states, making six major stops in Nashville, Des Moines, St. Louis, Seattle, Houston, and Washington, D.C.

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds and voices in the fight against malaria, which kills a child every 60 seconds. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has delivered more than 7 million bed nets across sub-Saharan Africa since 2006.

“JCI leaders across the country are joining Nothing But Nets in taking a stand to help protect families from malaria,” said JCI Immediate Past President Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess. “We are traveling from city to city, raising funds, increasing awareness about malaria, and encouraging communities to advocate for strong U.S. leadership and funding for malaria programs,” said Ramsay-Dyess.

For 3 months, Nothing But Nets and the US Jaycees will educate and engage citizens in the fight against this deadly disease. Track the “BzzzTour” at www.usjaycees.org and the fight against malaria by contacting your members of Congress in support of robust funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and donating $10 to send a net and help save a life.

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year and is a leading killer of children under five in Africa. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution and can reduce the spread of malaria. For more information, visit www.NothingButNets.net.

2014 Tour Schedule:

Tennessee: June 6-10

Kentucky: June 11-14

Virginia: June 15-17

Connecticut: June 18-19; 21

Massachusetts: June 19-20

Washington, DC: June 24

Baltimore: June 25-28

Mississippi: June 29-30

Louisiana: July 1

Texas: July 2-4

Arkansas: July 5-9

Missouri: July 10-20

Iowa: July 21-26

Nebraska: July 27-August 3

Colorado: August 4

Wyoming August 5-7

Montana: August 8-12

Washington: August 13-15

California: August 16-20

Hawaii: August 28-31

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April 25 2014

UN Foundation President & CEO Recognizes Progress, Rallies Continued Fight to End Malaria

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, released the following statement on World Malaria Day:

“No child should die from a mosquito bite, and this World Malaria Day, there is hope that one day no child will.

“Thanks to the hard work of the global community, malaria is on the decline: The World Health Organization estimates that the malaria mortality rate has fallen by 48 percent among children under age 5 and by 42 percent in all age groups over the last decade. This translates into an estimated 3.3 million lives that have been saved by global efforts to control malaria.

“While we’ve made important progress, our work is far from complete. A child still dies of malaria every 60 seconds. Earlier this year, I visited the UNHCR Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya where I saw children suffering from malaria. These children are a sobering reminder that we can’t stop our work until this devastating disease is gone for good.

“All children deserve the chance to lead healthy lives, which is why we must sustain these gains we’ve made and accelerate efforts to control and eliminate malaria."

“The United Nations, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the President’s Malaria Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other partners continue to perform essential work. The international community must make sure they have the support and resources they need to get the job done. Each of us can play a role in raising the awareness, funds, and will to fight malaria.

“To mark World Malaria Day this month, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign convened national partners, local communities, schools, and individuals in a month-long challenge to Compete to Beat Malaria, raising awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. We’ve seen countless sports tournaments, a nationwide juggle-a-thon, and 5K races to help fight malaria. Thousands are doing their part to help the campaign and our UN partners deliver life-saving bed nets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from the disease.

“Millions of children and their families are counting on us. This World Malaria Day, let’s take action to end malaria for good.”

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April 23 2014

Nothing But Nets and Major League Soccer Team Up to Beat Malaria

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and Major League Soccer have teamed up, rallying soccer fans to “Compete to Beat Malaria.” During the month of April, MLS will donate a $10 bed net to Nothing But Nets for every save made by a goalkeeper during regular-season games, and have asked soccer fans to donate to the campaign as well. The month-long campaign by Nothing But Nets aims to send 25,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Major League Soccer is a crucial partner in the fight against malaria,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “We’re leveraging the power of athletes, fans, and sports to show how this community can come together in a unique way to help save lives.”

To honor World Malaria Day (April 25), Nothing But Nets is convening national campaign partners, local communities, schools, and individuals to take sports-related challenges during the month of April, raising awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. Challenges are expected to include soccer tournaments, a nationwide juggle-a-thon, and other sports activities.

MLS WORKS has been an official partner with Nothing But Nets since 2007. The campaigns have engaged Major League Soccer fans, classrooms, and community leaders nationwide to raise awareness about malaria prevention.

Toronto FC star and MLS WORKS ambassador Dwayne De Rosario has traveled with Nothing But Nets and its partners to Mali, Africa where they delivered 133,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to families in need. De Rosario continues to be active with the campaign, raising awareness and getting families involved across North America.

“I have seen first-hand how malaria can devastate families,” said De Rosario. “It only costs $10 to send a net and save a life and I hope the fans will join us in this fight to beat malaria.”

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has delivered more than 7 million bed nets since 2006.

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year and claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution and can reduce the spread of malaria by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates.

For more information about Compete to Beat Malaria, visit www.NothingButNets.net/WorldMalariaDay.

Tweet this: .@MLS and @NothingButNets are teaming up to #BeatMalaria! @MLS is donating $10 for every goalkeeper save in April: http://bit.ly/1gVPKTg

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Contact Rachel Henderson Senior Communications Officer, Nothing But Nets rhenderson@unfoundation.org | 202.739.2782

About Nothing But Nets Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million to send more than 7 million bed nets to families across sub-Saharan Africa. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

About MLS WORKS MLS WORKS is Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. Visit www.mlssoccer.com/mlsworks.

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April 01 2014

Nothing But Nets Announces “Compete to Beat Malaria” Sports Challenge to Observe World Malaria Day

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign launched a nationwide challenge to ask Americans to “Compete to Beat Malaria.” The month-long campaign aims to send 25,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa. In honor of World Malaria Day (April 25), Nothing But Nets will convene national campaign partners, local communities, schools, and individuals to take sports-related challenges, raising awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. Challenges are expected to range from soccer and basketball tournaments to cycling and running races.

“Nothing But Nets was created with sports in our DNA,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “For years, our supporters have leveraged their passions for sports to raise money for the campaign while doing what they love. If everyone takes a challenge this month, we can help protect thousands of kids from malaria.”

The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to basketball stars and CEOs – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Campaign partners and supporters have already lined up several creative ways to stay active while also fighting the disease. Several high schools, colleges, and universities plan to host basketball tournaments and 5K races.

This week, the campaign honored Cooper Smith, a middle-school student of Lafayette, California, for his efforts to fight malaria. For a second year, Smith has asked his friends and family to donate to Nothing But Nets in lieu of gifts for his birthday. He has already sent several hundred nets to Africa.

“This year my birthday will have a basketball theme – but I don’t really need a new basketball hoop or sneakers. I just want others to know about malaria and how it easily it can be prevented,” said Smith. “So for my birthday, I am hosting a trick shot competition to raise awareness for Nothing But Nets at Oakwood in Lafayette, to help make sure kids don’t get sick from malaria. My best friend is doing one as well. We hope others will join in.”

The U.S. chapter of the Junior Chamber International is hosting a Mosquito Marathon now through World Malaria Day. The cross-country walk-a-thon aims to raise up to $20,000 for Nothing But Nets.

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has delivered more than 7 million bed nets since 2006.

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year and claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution and can reduce the spread of malaria by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates.

For more information about Compete to Beat Malaria, visit www.NothingButNets.net/WorldMalariaDay.

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Contact Rachel Henderson Senior Communications Officer, Nothing But Nets rhenderson@unfoundation.org | 202.739.2782202.739.2782

About Nothing But Nets Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million to send more than 7 million bed nets to families across sub-Saharan Africa. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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March 28 2014

Warriors to Host Nothing But Nets Night March 30 to Fight Malaria

The Golden State Warriors are hosting Nothing But Nets Night on Sunday, March 30 against the New York Knicks at Oracle Arena (6:00 p.m.), the team announced today. For every event ticket purchased for this game, the Warriors will donate a life-saving insecticide-treated bed net to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.

Warriors guard and Nothing But Nets Champion Stephen Curry will host a unique post game chalk talk with fans who purchased a special event ticket, which is now sold out. Throughout the 2013-14 season, Curry and the Warriors are participating in the Three for Three Challenge, as both Curry and the team will each donate three life-saving bed nets to the Nothing But Nets campaign for each three pointer Curry makes this season. This past summer, Curry visited a refugee camp in Tanzania with the campaign to assist in distributing 38,000 bed nets to families in need.

Before the game, Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich and U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (13th District) will be on hand to present an award to Lafayette resident Cooper Smith, a local middle-schooler, who was inspired by Curry and for the second year in a row, donated his birthday money to the campaign, in lieu of gifts from family and friends. Representative Lee is a leading voice in the fight against malaria.

Nothing But Nets is the largest global, grassroots campaign to fight malaria, a disease that kills a child every 60 seconds. Malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite, is preventable. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million, and together with its UN partners, has delivered 7.25 million insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.

Nothing But Nets Night special event tickets are sold out, but individual tickets and the only guaranteed resale tickets for Sunday’s game against the Knicks are still available by visiting Warriors.com or calling 1-888-GSW-HOOP1-888-GSW-HOOP. For more information on Nothing But Nets Night, please visit warriors.com/nothingbutnets.

Media interested in covering Nothing But Nets Night should contact Warriors PR for complete details.

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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, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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March 13 2014

Camp Broadway Announces Partnership with United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets Campaign

Today, Camp Broadway announced a strategic alliance with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to encourage performing arts-loving kids to take action and raise awareness about the global fight against malaria. The year-round partnership connects arts and advocacy by showcasing youthful creativity, delivering classroom curriculum, and offering immersive summer camp programming.

Nothing But Nets is the largest global, grassroots campaign to fight malaria, a disease that kills a child in Africa every 60 seconds. Malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite, is preventable. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million, and together with its UN partners, has delivered 7.25 million insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.

The alliance begins with the Camp Broadway Challenge, a national arts-in-action initiative that invites multi-talented youth, ages 10-17, to create an original work of art themed around Nothing But Nets’ mission to “Send a Net. Save a Life.” Kids are asked to create, produce and share a video featuring their original song, dance, music composition or prop by posting it in the Camp Broadway Challenge showcase at www.NothingButNetsChallenge.net. Two youth artists whose videos receive the most votes will be announced on World Malaria Day – Friday, April 25 – and will be awarded a trip to New York City to attend The Lion King and Camp Broadway’s coveted annual summer session, July 14-18, 2014.

“Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have taken on the challenge to stop the spread of malaria,” says Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “Kids are our most proactive supporters because they understand it only takes $10 provide a life-saving bed net that will protect a child and their family from malaria. We’ve had great success with youth sports programs and we’re excited to get theater-loving kids involved in the campaign through our new partnership with Camp Broadway.”

To help kids understand the global health issue, expand their knowledge about Nothing But Nets and inspire creativity, Camp Broadway is providing an online educational toolkit that enables kids to follow the Bed Net Journey from the $10 donation to its delivery to a family in Africa. The story is augmented with maps, graphs, videos, African artwork and other resources. To enable teachers to integrate the program into their classroom, Common Core-aligned lessons and activities can be found at www.NothingButNetsChallenge.net.

“Nothing is more dramatic than the life or death battle to stop the spread of malaria around the world,” says Melissa Caolo, Managing Director of Camp Broadway. “Children today are effective advocates for social good and have creative ideas for expressing their support and showing their commitment to the causes that are important to them. Camp Broadway is proud to help the UN Foundation Nothing But Nets get young artists involved in this life-saving campaign.”

Since 1995, Camp Broadway has encouraged kids to develop their “character” and learn about other people’s lives and cultures through its Broadway inspired camps, workshops and experiential programs. To further elevate Nothing But Nets, Camp Broadway’s 2014 summer programs will feature songs and scenes from four Broadway musicals: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids, as well as Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once on This Island and Seussical, transporting theater-loving kids to other parts of the globe.

“We believe that theater kids will be great performers in the effort to promote good health and the greater social good,” says Caolo. “All the world’s a stage…and they have an important role to play in it.”

For more information on the artist showcase, lessons and activities, or summer programs, visit www.NothingButNetsChallenge.net.

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Media Contact for Nothing But Nets: Rachel Henderson, (202) 739-2782; rhenderson@unfoundation.org

About Camp Broadway CAMP BROADWAY® LLC is a Broadway industry leader in presenting theatre arts camps, workshops and special events including regular featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Since 1995, the company has hosted over 30,000 children from around the world at its camps and enabled over 300,000 students to attend a Broadway show as part of an education-focused Broadway experience. The company has collaborated with dozens of theatrical productions on youth outreach including 1776, 42nd Street, Annie, Hairspray, In The Heights, The Addams Family, Hairspray, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Peter and the Starcatcher, Titanic, Wicked and many others. Camp Broadway has served many corporate clients by creating and managing a wide variety of education-based and experiential programs including “The Pride Rock Project” for Disney Theatrical Productions, “Stages for Learning” for Dodger Theatrical Productions, “On With the Show” for Bravo Television Network, “Adventure Ocean” for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, “Accentuate The Positive” for The Johnny Mercer Foundation, and “Future Stages” for Fidelity. Currently, the company serves as the general management for the National High School Musical Theater Awards (aka the Jimmy Awards, named after James M. Nederlander). Camp Broadway, now recognized as Broadway’s “Original” Summer Camp, is loved by kids, trusted by parents, respected by educators for quality of its year-round enrichment programs and event for which the company is the recipient of the Ovation Award for Excellence from the Educational Theatre Association.

About Nothing But Nets Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million to deliver 7.25 million bed nets to families in need. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS WORKS It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

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December 03 2013

Nothing But Nets Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement with ‘Gift a Net’

The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has joined #GivingTuesday, a global effort that brings together the collective power of charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Following the so-called Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday retail milestones that kick off the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they celebrate and help create a better world.

Beginning today and running through the holiday season, Nothing But Nets has launched its “Gift a Net” campaign. It allows those who want to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria with the opportunity to gift an insecticide-treated bed net, in honor of their loved ones.

“The #GivingTuesday movement provides a wonderful opportunity for millions of Americans and those around the world who want to make philanthropy a part of their holiday traditions,” said Chris Helfrich, director of Nothing But Nets. “I can’t think of anything more worthy than helping to save a child’s life from a preventable disease like malaria.”

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year and claims the life of a child in Africa every 60 seconds. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution and can reduce the spread of malaria by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates.

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has delivered more than 7 million bed nets since 2006.

Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y, came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. The concept gained steam, and by bringing together a group of founding partners – including the United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Global Giving, Groupon, Unilever and more – a nationwide series of discussions about how to make #GivingTuesday a success is already underway. There are more than 10,000 partners that have joined the movement worldwide.

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About Nothing But Nets Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million to send more than 7 million bed nets to families across sub-Saharan Africa. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

About #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 3, 2013. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collective action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.

A team of recognized experts and influencers, initially convened by leaders of 92nd Street Y and supported by a core group of founding partners, originally spearheaded this effort. Founding partners in 2012 included the United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Blackbaud, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VentureThree Capital. Leaders in philanthropy, social media, innovating giving, grassroots organizing, marketing and communications are providing counsel and resources to help build this movement.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit www.givingtuesday.org.

Contact: Rachel Henderson Senior Communications Officer, Nothing But Nets rhenderson@unfoundation.org 202.739.2782

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October 30 2013

Stephen Curry Continues Three For Three Challenge Benefiting Nothing But Nets For 2013-14 Season

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will once again participate in the Three for Three Challenge for the 2013-14 season by donating three life-saving bed nets to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign for every three-pointer he makes this season, it was announced today. The Warriors also announced today the team will match Curry’s donation throughout the 2013-14 season, meaning six life-saving bed nets will be donated for every three pointer Curry makes this season.

During the 2012-13 season, his first year running the campaign, Curry established a new NBA single-season three-point record with 272 three-pointers made and donated 816 bed nets to help hundreds of families avoid malaria infection. This past summer, Curry visited a refugee camp in Tanzania as a champion for the campaign to assist with bed net distribution and installation for each family.

“It’s an honor to join the Nothing But Nets campaign again this season to help raise awareness of the malaria crisis in Africa and to help provide the resources to make this disease a thing of the past,” said Curry. “After seeing first-hand the impact these bed nets provide, I cannot thank the Warriors enough for joining me in helping to protect families from malaria.”

Since his time as a college star at Davidson when his college roommate, Bryant Barr, educated him and encouraged him to get involved in the cause, Curry has been a committed champion of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which works with the UN and other partners to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect families across Africa from malaria. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five. Bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution, and can reduce the spread of malaria by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates. It only costs $10 to send a bed net, install it, and provide education on its use. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has delivered millions of life-saving bed nets to protect families in need thanks to the generous contributions from its partners, champions, and supporters.

“Stephen has seen first-hand how malaria can devastate families, and he knows all too well that every sixty seconds, a child in Africa dies from the disease,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. “We are so grateful for all his efforts, and for the support of the Golden State Warriors, in the fight against this deadly disease.”

For more information on the Golden State Warriors 2013-14 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, please visit Warriors.com.

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, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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August 21 2013

NBA Star Stephen Curry, Nothing But Nets Deliver Bed Nets to Protect Refugee Camp from Malaria

Thirty-eight thousand nets. Sixty-eight thousand lives. These are the impressive stats put up by Stephen Curry, the NBA’s single-season three-point-record-holder, as he traveled to Tanzania with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.

Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, has been a Nothing But Nets Champion for many years. He traveled with the campaign to the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp situated in northwestern Tanzania to deliver life-saving anti-malaria bed nets to residents because malaria is so deadly there. Nothing But Nets supporters – many inspired by Curry – donated money to ensure everyone in the camp is protected by nets.

“After working for several years to raise awareness to fight malaria, it was inspiring to meet people who are at risk for this easily-preventable disease and need our help,” said Curry. “I donated three nets for every three-pointer I made during the 2012-13 season, and now every time I hit a three I will think of the families I met in Tanzania. As a father, I do everything I can to keep my daughter safe. The parents I met in Nyarugusu do the same, but they need help to protect their children from malaria. That’s why I’m challenging all my fans to get involved and support Nothing But Nets.”

Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, located in the Kigoma region, is managed by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Sixty-eight thousand refugees live there, most of whom fled the Democratic Republic of Congo, while a smaller number fled Burundi. The distribution of nets was made possible by a partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Tanzania Red Cross Society. Malaria is the most pressing health challenge in the camp – the disease kills the highest number of people and the highest number of children under five. Last year, 62,000 cases of malaria were recorded among the camp’s population of 68,000.

Also joining the trip was Nothing But Nets co-founder and ESPN columnist Rick Reilly.

“How do you sum up a life-changing trip?” asked Reilly. “We met people at Camp Nyarugusu who literally cried when we gave them their net. We met women who’d lost children to malaria, clutching their net like a new diamond necklace. We checked into a hotel an hour away and slept under our own nets and worried about the holes in them. We watched a young NBA superstar, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, get mobbed by kids. They had no idea who he was; they only knew he was going to keep them safe from malaria. We left happy.”

Nothing But Nets Director, Chris Helfrich added, “I want to thank all of our partners who made this possible—from supporters who donated to this campaign, to the NBA, to UNHCR, IFRC, and TRCS. Your support will keep the people of Nyarugusu safe for years to come.”

Tweet this: Send a net. Save a life. Join @NBA’s @StephenCurry30 @nothingbutnets & @ReillyRick in the fight against #malaria. www.NothingButNets.net

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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, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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July 23 2013

NBA’s Stephen Curry to Fight Malaria in Tanzania with Nothing But Nets

In a few weeks, NBA star Stephen Curry will travel to Tanzania to support the United Nation’s Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign in its global fight against malaria. Straight off a record-breaking season with the Golden State Warriors, Curry will visit a refugee camp and distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets that keep refugees safe from malaria. Curry will also meet with officials from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Home Affairs, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Tanzania Red Cross Society to learn about the humanitarian efforts there.

“Nothing But Nets is saving lives with the help of fans and supporters across the United States,” said Curry. “I have been involved with this important cause for several years and I hope that this trip can help raise awareness about this deadly disease and encourage others to get involved.”

NBA Cares, a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, and the Tanzania Basketball Federation will hold a basketball clinic and malaria education for local school children while Curry is in Tanzania.

Malaria is the single deadliest disease in this refugee camp, affecting mostly pregnant women and children under the age of five. According to the Tanzania Red Cross Society, over 62,000 cases of malaria were reported last year among a population of roughly 68,000.

“Malaria strikes an astounding number of refugees, but it doesn’t need to” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “A simple bed net can help protect mothers and children from a deadly mosquito bite – and this is help that they desperately need. We’re so grateful to Stephen Curry and all our Nothing But Nets Champions for ensuring that we can cover this camp with life-saving bed nets.”

Nothing But Nets has partnered with UNHCR since 2008 to provide vulnerable refugee families fleeing conflict or natural disasters with insecticide-treated mosquito nets that can keep them safe from malaria. The partnership has enabled UNHCR to provide more than 1 million bed nets to refugees living in camps across Africa as part of Nothing But Nets’ mission to provide a bed net to everyone in Africa who needs one; as a result, malaria dropped from the leading killer of refugees to the number five cause of death.

Earlier this year, Curry announced his “Three for Three Challenge” to raise money for Nothing But Nets and fight malaria in Africa, donating three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer he made during the NBA season. Curry then broke the NBA record for three pointers made in a single season (272). With the help of donations from fans across the United States, Curry will deliver nets this summer to families in need in the refugee camp, and raise awareness for ongoing fundraising efforts to prevent malaria.

Also joining Curry in Tanzania is ESPN’s Rick Reilly, whose column about malaria seven years ago ignited a firestorm of donations and helped fuel the creation of Nothing But Nets.

“As a journalist, I’m not supposed to have favorite players,” Reilly said. “But with Stephen Curry, it’s hard not to. How many young NBA superstars would come to Africa to see first-hand the ravages of malaria and how bed nets save children’s lives? Very cool.”

Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution, and can reduce the spread of malaria by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million from hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters, and sent more than 7 million bed nets to families across Africa. Anyone—from students to CEOs—can help protect families in Africa from malaria. To learn more about how to send a net and save a life, visit www.NothingButNets.net.

Tweet this: Follow #NetsforTZ - @NBA’s @StephenCurry30 @nothingbutnets & @ReillyRick will deliver life-saving anti #malaria bed nets in #Tanzania.

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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, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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March 04 2013

Dawes Turns Up the Volume in the Fight Against Malaria

Rock band Dawes will visit refugee camps in Rwanda next week with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to help raise awareness and funds to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Guitarist and vocalist Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber, and keyboardist Tay Strathairn will help distribute life-saving bed nets to help protect refugee families from malaria—and perform with local musicians. Refugees in the region are fleeing conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. The band will also meet with officials from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to learn about the humanitarian situation there.

“Refugees already face incredibly difficult conditions,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “These families fleeing violence shouldn’t have to worry about a deadly mosquito bite. Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria—but a simple bed net can keep them safe. Through the trip to Rwanda and beyond, Nothing But Nets and Dawes will raise awareness among the band’s fans and inspire them to send nets and save lives.”

“Nothing But Nets’ mission is simple, but makes a real difference,” said Taylor Goldsmith. “A $10 bed net is all it takes to give a family hope. We believe no child should die from a preventable disease like malaria.”

Nothing But Nets has worked with UNHCR since 2008 to provide vulnerable refugee families fleeing conflict or natural disasters with insecticide-treated mosquito nets to keep them safe from malaria. Together, they have provided more than 1 million bed nets to refugees living in camps across Africa; as a result, malaria dropped from the leading killer of refugees to the number five cause of death.

Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million from hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters, and sent over 7 million bed nets to families across Africa. Anyone—from students to CEOs—can help protect families in Africa from malaria. To learn more and to donate, visit www.NothingButNets.net.

TWEET THIS: .@NothingButNets is distributing bed nets to #refugees in Rwanda w/ @dawestheband. Help them fight #malaria! http://bit.ly/WAVeFV

Dawes’ much-anticipated third album, Stories Don’t End, will be released April 9, and is available for pre-order.

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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, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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January 08 2007

Gates Foundation pledges $3 million to UN-backed campaign to fight malaria in Africa

A United Nations-backed campaign to fight malaria in Africa has received its first-ever challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a pledge to match dollar for dollar up to $3 million in individual contributions to the programme to fight a disease that kills more than 1 million people every year, mostly children under five.

The ‘Nothing But Nets’ campaign, a partnership between the UN Foundation, the United States National Basketball Association, the People of the United Methodist Church, Sports Illustrated magazine and others, will use the funds to procure and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets through the Measles Initiative.

The Initiative, a partnership of the UN Foundation, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the American Red Cross and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has emerged as a major supplier of bed nets to some of the neediest countries in Africa.

“We are delighted that so many individuals are now involved in this powerful initiative,” UN Foundation Executive Vice President Kathy Bushkin said.

UNICEF plays a key role in the integrated campaigns that provide bed nets along with vaccinations, vitamin A supplementation and other child health interventions. “It’s all about the partnerships that will really make a long-term difference for the children all around the world,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said.

Working with partners who are committed to eliminating the disease, UNICEF has procured over 23 million nets for distribution this year, enough to save the lives of some 138,000 children.

While malaria has largely been eradicated in the industrialized world, between 350 and 500 million people are still infected each year, mostly in Africa.

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December 15 2006

NBA Efforts to Combat Malaria

Nothing But Nets announced that the campaign’s efforts to fight malaria by delivering long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets (bed nets) to children and families throughout Africa were highlighted at today’s White House Malaria Summit hosted by President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

Since May 2006, the Nothing But Nets campaign has raised over $1.7 million with average donations of 62 dollars. Representatives from the founding partners of the campaign, The National Basketball Association, the People of the United Methodist Church and the United Nations Foundation were all present at this historic event showcasing private and public efforts to eradicate malaria.

“While bed nets are just one way to curb the spread of malaria, the power of the campaign is that it is an easy thing for people to understand and even easier for them to have an impact, ” said Kathy Behrens, NBA Senior Vice President for Community and Player Programs. “Send a net. Save a life. It’s just that easy.”

Through NBA Cares, the NBA and WNBA, its teams and players have taken a holistic approach to supporting the Nothing But Nets campaign - - committing to implementing grassroots events & activities; engaging in communication and awareness efforts; helping generate funds; and participating in bed net distributions. On January 23rd, 2007, NBA Legend Sam Perkins will be in Lagos, Nigeria to participate in the distribution of bed nets with the Measles Initiative through the World Health Organization.

The People of the United Methodist Church have been in mission across Africa for more than 160 years. The denomination’s work in the area of malaria prevention makes it a natural partner for Nothing but Nets. Several global agencies of The United Methodist Church will launch supporting campaigns to educate and raise money for bed nets.

“Ending malaria is going to take the power of millions of people,” said Thomas Bickerton, a Bishop in The United Methodist Church in the USA. “Working with all of the partners, we’re hoping to inspire the global community to help us end this disease by providing bed nets to women and children all across Africa.”

Nothing But Nets was created by the UN Foundation in May 2006. Inspired by a column written by Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly, the campaign’s founding partners are the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The People of the United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. Other partners include AOL Black Voices, Malaria No More, Rotarians’ Action Group on Malaria and VH-1.

Bed net distributions are organized and implemented by the Measles Initiative. Measles Initiative partners include the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and UNICEF.

In October 2006, representatives of the campaign traveled to Nigeria to visit with families who had received the first shipment of more than 150,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated nets. The nets sent to Nigeria were the first of many that will be shipped to Africa through Nothing But Nets.

While malaria has largely been eradicated in the United States, nearly 500 million people are still infected each year, mostly in Africa. More than one million of those infected died from the disease. Seventy-five percent of those deaths are children under five-years old. Every day 25 million pregnant women risk severe illness and harm to their unborn children from a malaria infection.

The most cost-effective and simple approach to combat malaria is through the use of insecticide- treated bed nets, which can prevent malaria transmission by 50 percent. It costs $10 to buy and distribute a bed net and to educate others on its use. Despite the effectiveness of preventing transmission, according to the 2005 World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report, only three percent of children under five in Africa sleep under a bed net.

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December 15 2006

NBA Efforts to Combat Malaria

Nothing But Nets announced that the campaign’s efforts to fight malaria by delivering long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets (bed nets) to children and families throughout Africa were highlighted at today’s White House Malaria Summit hosted by President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

Since May 2006, the Nothing But Nets campaign has raised over $1.7 million with average donations of 62 dollars. Representatives from the founding partners of the campaign, The National Basketball Association, the People of the United Methodist Church and the United Nations Foundation were all present at this historic event showcasing private and public efforts to eradicate malaria.

“While bed nets are just one way to curb the spread of malaria, the power of the campaign is that it is an easy thing for people to understand and even easier for them to have an impact, ” said Kathy Behrens, NBA Senior Vice President for Community and Player Programs. “Send a net. Save a life. It’s just that easy.”

Through NBA Cares, the NBA and WNBA, its teams and players have taken a holistic approach to supporting the Nothing But Nets campaign - - committing to implementing grassroots events & activities; engaging in communication and awareness efforts; helping generate funds; and participating in bed net distributions. On January 23rd, 2007, NBA Legend Sam Perkins will be in Lagos, Nigeria to participate in the distribution of bed nets with the Measles Initiative through the World Health Organization.

The People of the United Methodist Church have been in mission across Africa for more than 160 years. The denomination’s work in the area of malaria prevention makes it a natural partner for Nothing but Nets. Several global agencies of The United Methodist Church will launch supporting campaigns to educate and raise money for bed nets.

“Ending malaria is going to take the power of millions of people,” said Thomas Bickerton, a Bishop in The United Methodist Church in the USA. “Working with all of the partners, we’re hoping to inspire the global community to help us end this disease by providing bed nets to women and children all across Africa.”

Nothing But Nets was created by the UN Foundation in May 2006. Inspired by a column written by Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly, the campaign’s founding partners are the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The People of the United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. Other partners include AOL Black Voices, Malaria No More, Rotarians’ Action Group on Malaria and VH-1.

Bed net distributions are organized and implemented by the Measles Initiative. Measles Initiative partners include the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and UNICEF.

In October 2006, representatives of the campaign traveled to Nigeria to visit with families who had received the first shipment of more than 150,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated nets. The nets sent to Nigeria were the first of many that will be shipped to Africa through Nothing But Nets.

While malaria has largely been eradicated in the United States, nearly 500 million people are still infected each year, mostly in Africa. More than one million of those infected died from the disease. Seventy-five percent of those deaths are children under five-years old. Every day 25 million pregnant women risk severe illness and harm to their unborn children from a malaria infection.

The most cost-effective and simple approach to combat malaria is through the use of insecticide- treated bed nets, which can prevent malaria transmission by 50 percent. It costs $10 to buy and distribute a bed net and to educate others on its use. Despite the effectiveness of preventing transmission, according to the 2005 World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report, only three percent of children under five in Africa sleep under a bed net.

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October 18 2017

Actress Alexandra Daddario Goes to Malawi to Fight HIV and Malaria

Actress Alexandra Daddario (2017’s Baywatch) is using her platform to follow in the footsteps of the ever-iconic Elizabeth Taylor. She's a champion for The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation's new partnership with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, and she recently traveled to Malawi to see the organizations' handiwork providing testing and treatment for HIV and malaria first-hand.

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August 08 2016

UNICEF Annual Report 2015: The Importance of the 5th Birthday

When a child is born, he or she immediately needs several required things in order to grow and thrive. Nourishment. Healthcare. Love. But too often in the world today, these most basic necessities and fundamental rights of children around the world are suspended amidst crisis, poverty, natural disaster, and violence. 

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January 22 2007

Local 24 Hours of Sunlight Team Nets Money for Children’s Charity

A Sports Illustrated article by columnist Rick Reilly struck a personal chord with Glenwood Springs resident Dave Weidemann. With two young children under his own roof, it was impossible for Weidemann to ignore Reilly’s words. Reilly backed a cause with his words. And now Weidemann and his 24 Hours of Sunlight ski team, Flippin’ Sweet Moves, share the nationally renowned scribe’s cause.

Roughly 3,000 African children die daily from malaria. Insecticide-doused mosquito nets are a key weapon in combating the disease. Getting these nets – which cost around $10 apiece to purchase, ship and install – to families in sub-Saharan Africa is Reilly’s aim. With every lap the four-person team completes at 24 Hours, the Flippin’ Sweet Moves will do their part by raising money for the cause.The team is made up of Weidemann, a 39-year-old physical therapist at Western Slope Peak Performance in Glenwood Springs; Mike McCoy, a 36-year-old contractor; Basalt teacher Michael Lowe, 39; and Bob Lowe, a 30-year-old wilderness guide.”We had put this team together and were training together and thought, let’s make this not a completely selfish endeavor,” said Weidemann, who is seeking sponsorship for his team and, in general, support for the net push. “Ten dollars buys a mosquito net. It distributes it and educates a family on how to use it. In theory, it directly saves the life of a child in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa.”Nets would cut the transmission of malaria by 60 percent according to the World Health Organization, and some nets are said to protect a family of four.By reaching their fundraising goal of $3,200 – they hope to complete at least 32 laps at a per-lap pledge of $100 – the Flippin’ Sweet Moves would save hundreds of lives. Anyone wishing to pledge money to the local team’s efforts can do so by visiting nothingbutnets.net and clicking on “Find a netraiser team.” From there, visitors can search by team name or by team captain name – in this case, Weidemann.Regardless of whether or not people back his team directly or offer a general donation to the Nothing But Nets campaign, Weidemann hopes to see malaria awareness heightened locally.”Number 1, I want to see people go to nothingbutnets.net, and if they see something they believe in and want to help out, send some money,” he said.

Regularly waking up well before the sun rises to train for the grueling 24 Hours of Sunlight event – which entails skinning up the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort and skiing down, over and over again for 24 hours – surely beckons inspiration beyond the norm. “It adds a little significance to the race and training to have something larger than ourselves to race for,” noted McCoy, who last year linked up with Michael Lowe to compete as a two-man team in the inaugural event.This year, McCoy and Lowe recruited Weidemann and Bob Lowe, Michael’s younger brother. The team is hitting the training hard.”Three days a week I get up at 3:40 and meet my teammates at 4 a.m. in Glenwood,” Weidemann said. “We try to be heading up the mountain at 4:30. That gives us time to do two laps on the mountain. I’ll be home at 6:30 or 6:45, take a shower, eat breakfast and go to work. We also train some evenings, some weekends.”Though adhering to a demanding regimen, Weidemann and company like to keep things loose, as evidenced by their team name – a call out to fans of the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.””We’re having fun with it,” said Weidemann.For the most part, the teammates met through their children. Three of the four – all but Bob Lowe – are fathers. It’s no wonder these amateur endurance athletes are rallying behind a disease that wreaks havoc on the young.”All of us in the valley and this country are very lucky and blessed for all we have,” McCoy, a father of three, said. “This is our chance to extend out to the people that don’t.”For more information on the fundraising effort, contact Weidemann at 928-7112.

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December 23 2006

A Joint Attack on Many Perils of Africa’s Young

In this poor, dusty village of 550 people, four babies died of malaria in October, among them 11-month-old Yire Are. As word spread that the government would be handing out mosquito nets that prevent malaria, his uncle made sure he was there with his own children, their heads shaved in mourning.

“I came to claim a mosquito net,” the uncle, Konyiri Doorkono, said firmly, his 3-month-old son clasped in his arms.

But when he and many of the village’s families lined up beneath the spreading arms of a neem tree, they got much more. Children gulped down polio vaccine, vitamin A and deworming medicine. They howled at the prick of a measles shot.

They had joined a campaign to better children’s odds of surviving past their fifth birthdays. It reached into even the most remote communities in Ghana over five days in November. Similarly monumental drives unfolded in eight other countries across Africa this year, with the mosquito nets alone expected to save the lives of 370,000 children over the next three years.

But while the world’s leading public health officials praise this common-sense strategy to provide inexpensive, lifesaving doses of prevention to different diseases at the same time, it is far from simple to pull off. Getting an unwieldy collection of international organizations and charities to work together effectively is a major challenge.

In one measure of the difficulty, even as the Ghana campaign gathered steam, the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria rejected a $46 million proposal to expand the approach to six more African countries.

An alliance of more than a dozen groups sponsored the proposal, but each of the six countries also submitted its own malaria application to the Global Fund, which controls most international malaria spending — and no one made sure the many requests did not overlap or conflict with one another.

“There were too many cooks,” said Dr. Arata Kochi, who leads the global malaria program for the World Health Organization, whose experts helped draft the six-country proposal.

Though the proposal failed, Dr. Kochi called the combined campaigns “a winning strategy,” and Dr. Richard Feachem, head of the Global Fund, described them as “spectacularly successful.”

“Everybody is slack-jawed, aghast” at the rejection, said Mark Grabowsky, a public health doctor with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who joined the Global Fund this year as a malaria program officer and who has long championed the marriage of measles and malaria in joint campaigns.

Dr. Feachem and Dr. Kochi say they hope that their organizations can improve their coordination.

“Malaria is a preventable child holocaust which occurs in Africa for no reason,” Dr. Feachem said. “We can stop this. The Global Fund’s role is finance, and we must work more closely with the W.H.O., the Red Cross and others to ensure that the money flows to those who can use it effectively on the front line.”

Much of the challenge stems from the fact that each drive against a disease — polio, measles, malaria — has its own leaders, charitable groups and donors at the international level. Piecing them together in unified campaigns requires the logistical skills and diplomatic finesse of a skilled battlefield commander.

While public health officials know well the difficulties of mounting even individual campaigns, they say they have learned they can save more lives by piggybacking campaigns, particularly by adding malaria and distributing mosquito nets.

The need is great: malaria kills about 800,000 children a year in Africa. The W.H.O. estimates that only 3 percent of the most vulnerable African children under age 5 are covered by the insecticide-treated bed nets that can last four to five years. The cost for each net is $5 to $6.

Studies have also established that giving children vitamin A (2 cents per dose) boosts their immune systems and reduces deaths, while medicines to rid them of intestinal worms (also 2 cents) greatly improve their health and school attendance.

The push to give every child polio vaccine (15 cents a dose) has prevented some five million cases of paralysis worldwide since 1988, while inoculating children with measles vaccine (16 cents) has saved more than a million lives since 1999, according to the W.H.O.

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Rachel Henderson
Communications Manager, Nothing But Nets
rhenderson@unfoundation.org
(202) 887-9040

Ryland Devero
Senior Producer, Digital Strategy, Nothing But Nets
rdevero@unfoundation.org 
(202) 854-2350

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