Today, recognizing #GivingTuesday, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry announced that he is supporting the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. Curry has committed to “Gift a Net” in honor of each of his teammates, sending life-saving bednets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.
#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, harnesses the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to celebrate the power of giving. Following the so-called Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday retail milestones that kick off the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is intended to inspire people to take collaborative action to give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they celebrate and help create a better world.
“#GivingTuesday reminds us that we can all have an impact on the world,” said Curry. “I cannot help but think about the parents I met in Tanzania who just want to protect their children from malaria. A $10 net makes all the difference.”
Just last month Curry announced he’s again leading his Three for Three Challenge by donating three life-saving nets to Nothing But Nets for every three-pointer he makes in the 2014-15 season. The Warriors also announced it will match Curry’s Challenge up to $5,000. During his first two seasons running the Challenge (2012-13 & 2013-14), Curry donated 1,599 nets to protect thousands of families from malaria.
“We are so fortune to have Stephen as a Champion,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “It’s because of Stephen and thousands of other supporters that we’ve played a critical role in reducing the rate of childhood malaria deaths by almost half in the last ten years.”
Anyone can Gift a Net in honor of their friends and loved ones through the Nothing But Nets campaign. It costs $10 to provide a life-saving net to protect a family from malaria – so they can celebrate many more holidays together. In return, Nothing But Nets will send a personalized holiday card to your loved ones, letting them know you chose to Gift a Net in their honor.
The Gift a Net campaign was inspired by Nothing But Nets Champions like Lynda and Katherine Commale, the incredible mother-daughter duo from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. In 2006, they started their own fundraising campaign through their church to raise funds for Nothing But Nets, including selling holiday gift certificates to send nets to families in Africa. Together they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the campaign.
Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, and kills a child every 60 seconds. But nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives.
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has helped deliver more than 7.5 million nets since 2006.
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About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million to help deliver more than 7.5 million bednets to families in need. Campaign partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, Junior Chamber International, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It costs $10 to purchase and deliver an insecticide-treated bednet, provide education on its proper use, and provide other malaria reduction interventions that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.
About The United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicking off the holiday giving season with a global day dedicated to charitable giving, combining the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. Now in its third year, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement that celebrates the power of giving in all its forms. This effort builds on the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday leverages the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world. #GivingTuesday was founded by 92nd Street Y and is spearheaded in tandem with the support of the United Nations Foundation. A team of recognized experts, influencers, and founding partners originally spearheaded this effort. The founding partners include Blackbaud, CECP, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Groupon, Kiva, Microsoft, Pvblic Foundation, (RED), Unilever, United Nations Development Programme and Univision among many others. The movement includes signature media partner MSNBC, who will help spotlight the innovative ways that people are giving back in their communities and the world. Website: www.givingtuesday.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTuesday