Monday, September 11, 2017

Charity Dinner + Nothing But Nets FREE Activity Resources

This week our family is hosting a charity dinner to raise money and awareness for Nothing But Nets.

There are so many good causes out there, and I know we can't say "yes" to all of them, but I also believe in teaching my children that when we feel moved to action, we should act.  Because for me at least, when I wait, that motivation fades to a sort of dull, aching empathy, which on its own doesn't make measurable change in the world.

So: After my girls and I watched the (made-for-TV-)movie Mary and Martha (available on Netflix -- if you want to check it out), we felt moved to action.  Esky wanted all of her (Lego-destined)savings to go to buying nets for people like she'd seen in this movie. Ivy wanted to do more chores and host garage sales and make speeches and draw posters (all the things!) to earn money to donate.  Mia was chipmunk-cheering them both on.  And I thought: this is a place to start.  One charity, one cause we're thinking about.  (And yes, we also try to donate to our church's humanitarian fund.)

The seats have been sold and the group's donation has been made.  I'm not inviting you to dinner. *wink*  (But hey, if you wanna come next time we have one, by all means!)

This post is in aid of the awareness aspect of supporting a cause; any cause, really.  If you want to support Nothing But Nets, you'll find two resources below I've made that you can have for your use at your own fundraisers (these are for the young and young-at-heart for colouring and solving during the dinner/event) -- feel free to use in conjunction with your event.  If there is some other cause you feel drawn to, this post is to lend a voice of "Yes, you can do something!" to the many voices vying for space in your mind.  You can find something that is doing, not just feeling.  For us, that was organising a dinner (buying a seat paid for a meal and a donation), for you this could look very different.

If you don't want to organise anything but you want to do something by donating, you can jump over to my page and donate.  I don't get any of the money, I just get to watch a meter fill up (which is always a wee bit fun; #goals).

Free colouring and code-cracking activities for Nothing But Nets (click to enlarge):
Free for use at your fundraising events.  Or just free to use at home (raising awareness is good too).

(I'm also happy to email you high res PDFs, email me!)


What is Nothing But Nets?
Nothing But Nets is a United Nations Foundation charity leading a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. With the help of their partners and supporters, Nothing But Nets have raised over $60 million to help deliver 10 million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria interventions like diagnostics, treatment, and training of healthcare workers.

Why Nets?
Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite. Malaria is preventable and treatable, with a life-saving, insecticide-treated bed net and other malaria prevention tools and treatment.

Long-lasting, insecticidal bed nets (LLINs) are a simple, cost-effective solution to protect families from malaria while they sleep. They create a physical barrier against malaria-carrying mosquitoes, and the insecticide woven into the nets kills the mosquitoes before they can transmit the disease from one person to the next. Today, approximately 53% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is protected by bed nets, compared to just 2% in 2000.

300 million people in Africa still lack access to a bed net.

Who is at risk of malaria?
Malaria is transmitted to people through the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes, which primarily bite at night and carry the life-threatening disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium. In 2015, there were 212 million new cases of malaria worldwide and 429,000 deaths, 70% of which were children under five.

Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. Most malaria cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. However, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East are also at risk.
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