JCI & UN
It’s a bright new year for hundreds of thousands of people in Africa as the JCI Nothing But Nets fundraising total reaches one million dollars.
Thanks to all the JCI members who have worked since 2008 raising awareness and fundraising for nets, the JCI Nothing But Nets campaign has reached more than 90 countries around the world. And thanks to the hard work of young active citizens in over 5,000 communities, JCI has raised $ 1 million, a milestone on the road to ending malaria deaths through the purchase and distribution of insecticide-treated nets.
Along with this milestone, Chris Helfrich, Director of the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Netscampaign, announced last week that now, a child dies every 60 seconds from malaria. In 2008 when the campaign began, a child died every 30 seconds.
Global Goal, Global Impact
This milestone shows the large impact JCI members can create with the simple purchase of just one mosquito net. From National Organizations participating in Countdown to Congress to individuals requesting the gift of nets to save lives on their birthday, the fundraising has taken all different forms over the years. Each campaign, whether big or small, has created a global impact, changing the lives of African children and their families forever. The partnership between JCI and the UN Foundation has strengthened the campaign and allowed JCI members to give back on a global scale.
Malaria is treatable and preventable. With our network of nearly 200,000 young active citizens as well as our partners on the ground working on education and net distribution, we have the ability to put up a great fight against this disease.
Yet, we cannot stop at $1 million. There are more lives to be saved. Take this opportunity to be proud of the work you have done and take your fundraising to a new level.
Keep Up the Fight
2012 brings a new year and exciting new ways for JCI members to keep giving back. There is an outstanding prize in store for the individuals who raise the most funds for the purchase and distribution of nets in 2012, as we move toward our 2012 goal of USD $500,000. For our dedicated participation and partnership with the UN Foundation Nothing But Nets campaign, top fundraisers will have the opportunity to accompany the UN Foundation and other partners on a mosquito net distribution trip in 2013. These members will have the chance to experience hands-on how the money that they raised is saving lives in Africa. Start your 2012 fundraising now to get a strong start toward this life-changing experience.