What: April 25, 2007, is Africa Malaria Day, and for the first time in the United States, President Bush has declared it National Malaria Awareness Day. While malaria has largely been eradicated in the United States, between 350 and 500 million people are still infected worldwide every year, and of those, more than one million die.

Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign to prevent malaria, announced today that it will host a series of events on April 25 in South Florida including a day-long education seminar on malaria and a watch party in support of American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back” — a two-night television special event that will air on national television to help raise awareness and funds for children living in extreme poverty in Africa and America. Nothing But Nets is one of five charities benefiting from the show.

Who:
Jason Kapono – NBA athlete, Miami Heat
Ruth Riley – WNBA athlete, San Antonio Silver Stars
Thomas J. Bickerton – The United Methodist Church, Bishop
Mark Gordon – Mark J. Gordon Foundation, President and Founder
Elizabeth McKee – United Nations Foundation, Director of Marketing

Local events:

8:00-9:30 a.m. ET – Faith Leaders’ Breakfast, Christ Church United Methodist
(4845 N.E. 25th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Faith leaders from South Florida will come together to pray for children and families who suffer from malaria and discuss the current issues and threats posed by this disease. The discussion will also focus on opportunities for United Methodists and other faith groups to get involved in Nothing But Nets.

4:00-7:30 p.m. ET – Nothing But Nets Malaria Boot Camp, University of Miami
(Whitten Learning Center – Room LC 110, 5150 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables, FL)
More than 200 local high school and college students will participate in a 3-hour workshop to learn more about the plight of malaria from health experts and special guests. The event will also encourage students to work within their communities to help prevent malaria and get involved in Nothing But Nets.

7:30-10:00 p.m. ET – Watch Party of American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back”, featuring Nothing But Nets (University of Miami’s Rathskeller, 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL)
University of Miami students and their friends will join the Nothing But Nets partners, Boot Camp participants, faith and business leaders for a Watch Party of American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back”, which will feature performances by celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Josh Groban, Pink, Michael Bublé, Annie Lennox, Il Divo and Borat. Throughout the program, viewers will have the opportunity to make donations to Nothing But Nets. Miami Heat forward Jason Kapono will join the party. Kapono is a personal supporter of the Campaign.

**All events are open to credentialed media only.**

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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 Africa. Inspired by Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The People of the United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. Other partners include VH1, the Mark J.Gordon Foundation, AOL Black Voices, Rotarians’ Action Group on Malaria, The Wasserman Foundation and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S.. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches donations dollar for dollar. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

Malaria kills a child every 30 seconds. April 25th is Africa Malaria Day — learn more and get involved today with our www.NothingButNets.net campaign to send bed nets to Africa.