I raise funds for a number of good causes, and people may get tired of hearing from me. I get it! But here I go again: Dear friends and readers,
On April 25, I will be walking to end malaria with my church, and I would love it if you would support me. All donations go directly to the life-saving work of Imagine No Malaria, a project of the United Methodist Church that provides bed nets, community-based education, medicine, and more to help the people of Africa relieve the burden of malaria in their communities. We have walks going on in a number of Wisconsin communities. The one in Milwaukee starts at Bay View United Methodist Church at 10:00 this Saturday.
Did you know that malaria kills one person every minute and accounts for over 200 million cases worldwide each year? The Sub-Saharan region of Africa is hardest hit, with over 85% of malaria cases and over 90% of malaria deaths occurring there. This disease targets pregnant women and children under the age of 5. Lives are lost and communities are destroyed – all because of a mosquito bite.
But we are making progress. The Imagine No Malaria initiative of the United Methodist Church is sparking a revolution that is showing results. Along with our partner organizations like the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we have seen malaria deaths cut in half in just the last eight years. And we won’t stop until we have seen an end to deaths and suffering from this killer disease. The end really is in sight!
For the Walk, my goal is to raise 500.00 for Imagine No Malaria. Any donation you can make toward this goal would be greatly appreciated! Just $5 buys a round of malaria treatment and $10 provides a bed net to protect an entire family from malarial mosquitos while they sleep. Literally every dollar can make a life-saving difference for women, children, and families in Africa.
If you are interested in finding out more about Imagine No Malaria, check out: www.ImagineNoMalariaWI.org.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Here are a few more facts about the campaign; they help explain why I buy into this campaign:
Good News, Malaria is 100% Preventable
Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all.
Malaria is caused by a parasite, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of the female anopheles mosquito. This mosquito flies and feeds at night (which is why bed nets are an effective prevention tool).
When an infected mosquito bites a person, the parasite enters the bloodstream and heads for the liver, where it multiplies. It then re-enters the bloodstream, attacking red blood cells. Typically, someone with malaria experiences a high fever, chills, joint pain and headaches. Left untreated, symptoms eventually advance to organ failure. Nearly 90 percent of malaria’s victims are children under the age of 5 and pregnant women.
Through Partnership, We Have Made Extraordinary Progress
In 2007, the World Health Organization estimated there were more than 1,000,000 malaria related fatalities. By 2012, the number had been reduced to 627,000. While that is still a staggering number, a nearly 50% increase in life is worth celebrating! Thanks to the efforts of The United Methodist Church and our partners, we are on our way to beating malaria for good.
2,300,000+ Bed Nets Distributed
4,600,000+ Lives Impacted
300+ Clinics Maintained
11,600+ Health Workers Trained
We are making a difference!
Our goal is to raise over $1 million in Wisconsin by June. We are over half way there. We can make it!
I will be walking 5K on Saturday and also helping to set up. If you would like to donate, you may send a check to me at Tom Bolton, in care of First United Methodist Church of West Allis, 7520 W Lapham St., West Allis, WI 53214.
If you are interested in finding out more about Imagine No Malaria, visit www.ImagineNoMalariaWI.org.