Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Good News on an Earlier Project

Thanks to everyone who supported me last year in my Swim for Malaria, to raise money for bednets in Africa.
Here's an udpate I received:

HAIFA Malaria Mashers
HaifaIsrael25 Jul 2006

Dear L, My sincere thanks for your participation and US$1,406 fundraising contribution to World Swim For Malaria (WSM). Your money will buy 281 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) which will help save the lives of children. That is the difference you will have made. LLINs are the single most effective way of preventing malaria. Hence, this is our focus. 500,000 children protected 250,000 people participated in WSM on and around 3rd December 2005, making it the world's largest swimming event. We have received US$1.3 million so far and money is coming in all the time and people are still organising swims! The money raised so far will buy 260,000 LLINs costing US$5 each. On average two children sleep under each net, meaning more than half a million children will now be protected at night from biting insects. Data shows that for every 20 nets installed one life is saved. This will save the lives of 13,000 children.
www.WorldSwimForMalaria.com/20NetsPerLife Nets being distributed now The first 28,000 nets are being delivered via a dozen bednet programmes. Information on the website allows everyone to see the specific location and status of each distribution. Complete transparency is at the heart of what we do. www.WorldSwimForMalaria.com/en/NetsOut We are now planning the distribution of the next 230,000 nets so we fulfil our aims of: a) 100% of the money buys nets, b) the nets will end up over heads and beds and c) we will demonstrate that has happened. We intend to have the majority of the nets distributed by early 2007. We are aiming to have as many of the countries that are affected by malaria - in Africa, Asia and Latin America - benefit from WSM funds and we are working hard to achieve that. 100% of funds raised buys LLINs and the nets end up over heads and beds We can achieve this thanks to the generous support of more than 100 companies around the world, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Microsoft and Speedo, helping us pro bono with technology, accounting, banking and legal support etc. Our unavoidable cash costs have been covered by a group of private donors. Our distribution partners, including The Red Cross, pay for the distribution of the nets. April 2008 World Swim For Malaria will run again in April 2008 with plans for there to be 1 million people swimming on a single day, as well as people swimming on days either side if they wish, with participation in every country in the world. Once again, thank you for your terrific support. Best regards Rob Mather Founder, World Swim For Malaria Dir: +44 (0) 20 7371 8735Mob: +44 (0) 77 11 263 725Email: rmather@btinternet.com

The World Swim For Malaria Foundation is a charity registered in the UK (registered number 1105319), in the USA (Federal Identification Number: 20-3069841) and in other countries. www.WorldSwimForMalaria.com

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