Wednesday, March 20

JCI to embark on ‘Nothing But Nets’ campaign

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KUCHING:  The Junior Chamber International (JCI) here has embarked on a global JCI ‘Nothing But Nets’ campaign, aimed to promote awareness of malaria and educating communities on malaria eradication.

The campaign, held in conjunction with United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UNMDGs) awareness event on April 25, would see JCI forging a partnership with the United Nations Foundation to raise fund for the purchase and distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets for families in Africa.

“According to the United Nations, more than 100 million people die annually due to malaria. This means that every 45 seconds, a child under the age of five would die of malaria in the Africa.

“Complete eradication of malaria remains to be seen. The use of bednets is therefore regarded as the most ideal measure for reducing the risk of malaria infection. Through the JCI ‘Nothing But Nets’ campaign, nearly one million nets have been distributed to communities in Africa,” stated JCI Kuching Branch and JCI Youth Swinburne in a press statement.

Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi has been invited to grace the April 25 event to be held at Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus here. In support of the cause, Dr Rahman has also agreed to become the patron of JCI Youth Swinburne.

Both JCI chapters are urging the general public to generously contribute to the campaign.

“A donation of US$10 or RM30 allows the purchase of one set of mosquito bed net. It helps save life and improves the well-being of the community.”

Those interested in donating or contributing to JCI ‘Nothing But Nets’ campaign can contact the event organising chairperson Jasmine Tay at 012-8998488 or JCI Kuching president Venessa Kho at 016-8687323 and its vice president at 016-8688208.