February 15, 2008
Group raises funds for mosquito nets
According to nothingbutnets.org, the grassroots campaign "strives to save lives by preventing malaria, the leading killer of children in Africa." The Web site said the disease infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than one million a year.
The campaign seeks to provide treated bed nets to families in Africa by challenging people to donate at least $10 to the cause. These "nets" reduce malaria infections by 50 percent.
Senior Lauren Fasnacht, president of ShUmanitarians, said "Nothing but Nets" is an easy way for average citizens to impact people across the planet.
"It makes it so easy for people to make a difference," she said. "People are very busy and don't think they have easy access to making a difference on a global level."
The ShUmanitarians raise money on campus and donate all of it to humanitarian issues around the world. They try to do two major projects per year.
This semester, they're tackling the humanitarian issue regarding malaria in Africa.
Senior and Public Relations Chair for ShUmanitarians Rachel Dinbokowitz said, "It's always a great feeling to be able to be a part of helping any cause and play a more significant role to make people more aware."
Last Sunday, the group collected donations for "Nothing but Nets" during the women's and men's basketball games.
Each person who donated received a raffle ticket for a $25 gift certificate to Applebee's.
Four raffle tickets were drawn at halftime; two were randomly picked while the other two were given after a three-point shoot-out.
If participants made the three-point shot, getting nothing but net, they received a gift certificate as well. The group raised $205 in donations from the basketball games.
Along with the money raised in donations at the basketball games, the ShUmanitarians are going to have a volleyball tournament after spring break.
Teams will be formed for anyone interested in participating. There is a $40 minimum entrance fee. All of the money will be donated to the "Nothing but Nets" cause. For more information, contact senior Joe Shannon, ShUmanitarians treasurer.
Shannon said, "We are committed to donating money and awareness to the major humanitarian issues that, in general, we feel that not only ourselves, but the entire campus community can care about."
The ShUmanitarians meet at 7 p.m. Sundays in Mellon Lounge in the Degenstein Campus Center. All students are invited to attend.
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