Friday, October 14, 2005

Swim against malaria.

Three thousand children die each day from malaria. But with the help of a $5 long-lasting treated mosquito net, malaria can be prevented. World Swim for Malaria is organizing to make sure families get those nets.

On Saturday, December 3, 2005, they hope to have 1,000,000 people swimming to raise money for the nets."100% of the money raised buys mosquito nets. Millions of them. And every net matters." Here's how you can contribute:

* Get a group of friends together, start raising money, and get ready to swim. 225,005 people have already signed up. You don't have to swim on the third, and the distance and number in your group don't matter. Just register your swim, and do what you can to make a difference in a child's life.

* Sponsor a swimmer in your area or across the world.

* Learn more about malaria and the other ways you can support research, prevention, and treatment.

If you could prevent even one child from dying would you do so? Now you can swim not only for your health, but for someone else's as well. So get out your swimsuit/trunks, or get out your checkbook, and make a difference!

Information on the World Swim is available in English, 日本語, Dutch, Français, Español, Português, Deutsch , Ελληνικά , 中文 (简体字), and Italiano.

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1 comment:

Karama said...

And if you don't know how to swim, learn!. You may be able to take classes at the Red Cross or your local YWCA/YMCA. Have fun!