Wow, what a great start to our next round of Nothing But Nets City Tours! Indianapolis was a blast and we are thrilled with how things turned out, and how YOU turned out!
But first of all, we are so excited about our new partnership with the Jonas Brothers and their foundation, Change for the Children! If you haven’t seen the announcement, check it out here. We were awarded a check for $10,000from the brothers, and then we topped off the partnership launch at their concert that night, spreading the word about Nothing But Nets to their fans. You can donate to help the JoBro and Nothing But Nets here.
That’s not all that happened in Indy, though. We also had great turnout at our youth event, the Malaria Boot Camp with Indiana Pacers Legend Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman, DRC native and Indiana Fever player Bernadette Ngoyisa, and NBA Legend & The Pacers’ VP of Player Relations Sam Perkins. More than 100 kids from local youth groups including the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club showed up and were educated on malaria, prevention and the Nothing But Nets campaign – and then they got in the game with Dr. Dunk, Bernadette and Sam to play a little knockout.
On our final morning in Indianapolis, we held a faith breakfast with the United Methodist Church, and heard from Bishop Bickerton and local faith leaders on why Nothing But Nets is an important campaign and what their congregations have done to help stop malaria. All of the speakers were motivational and intriguing, but here are a couple of mottos we heard that we particularly liked:
“If it is to be, it’s up to me.” – That means YOU. If you want to make malaria go away, you can take steps to make it happen.
“Reduce it to the ridiculous.” – Saving a life is as easy as spending $10 on a bed net. A child’s life is worth it, don’t you think?
Thanks to all of our partners and supporters who made Indianapolis a great City Tour! Nothing But Nets truly is nothing without YOU!