Cornerstone University’s men's and women's soccer teams and volleyball team are joining forces this year to host Night of Nets, a fundraising effort to raise $30,000 for 5,000 bed nets.
The community has three opportunities to participate in Night of Nets this year: the men’s soccer game at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26; the women’s soccer game at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28; and the women’s volleyball game at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3.
Each $6 admission fee to the games will purchase an insecticide-treated bed net that will aid in preventing the spread of malaria in some of the regions most affected by one of the world's great health pandemics.
Every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria, but the use of bed nets has the potential to prevent as many as one million deaths per year for children under five years old in sub-Saharan Africa alone.
The bed nets purchased as a result of Night of Nets events will be distributed in partnership with World Vision to African families and homes. This past June CU students and athletes were able to distribute nets purchased from last year’s fundraiser.
In 2010, the first year of the event, the goal was 500 nets. The following year (2011) the goal was 1,000. This year’s goal is 5,000 nets, which costs $30,000.
“Students wanted a larger vision this year after some of them went to Zambia and saw what an impact a bed net can make,” said Chip Huber dean of student engagement who heads up the event and took a group of students to Zambia. “We met families who had lost kids to malaria.”
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