I’m really proud of the part I have played in the 2013 highlights for Malaria No More, helping to halve the child death rates from malaria. This year I’ve taken part in their Live Below the Line challenge, raising money and awareness about malaria. In April I gave a presentation at Westminster for World Malaria Day, which you can read about by clicking on the link below. Here’s a copy of their letter to me:
What a way to end the year! We heard last week from the World Health Organization that child death rates from malaria have been halved since 2000. This is a truly remarkable achievement and you really have played a part in making this happen.
Here at Malaria No More UK we have pulled together our 2013 highlights – please take a look by clicking here and see what you’ve helped us to achieve. I’m eager to hear your best bits and have handpicked a few of my own below.
Mary and Martha kicking off the year with a considerable buzz. The TV film, written by Richard Curtis and inspired by our Special Ambassador Jo Yirrell, powerfully conveyed how no parent anywhere should lose their child to a preventable disease. It moved and influenced many of you along with public and political audiences across the world. We have just made a five minute film narrated by Jo, telling her own story and her support for Malaria No More UK. Please do watch and share it here.
The UK pledging a record £1 billion to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. We’ve been working hard to encourage the UK to take a leadership role as a driving force in the global malaria campaign. This Global Fund pledge has the potential to save a life every three minutes and to deliver 32 million mosquito nets.
Forging and developing exciting partnerships. We’ve been working with a number of committed businesses and their customers – not least GSK’s Panadol and Jack Wills – to help end malaria deaths. The year is ending on a high as we celebrate the fifth year of our partnership with ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and as the staff at Deutsche Bank in the UK prepare to support us as a Charity of the Year for 2014. To everyone in these organisations we offer a heartfelt ‘thank you’.
Celebrating the support of people up and down the UK. Our donors, fundraisers and awareness raisers across the country have been making an immense contribution. Whether you have been living on £1 a day for Live Below the Line or donating the funds that save lives, we are so grateful to you.
Supporting a new initiative saving thousands of children’s lives in Northern Nigeria. We are proud to continue funding cutting edge malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment programmes in Africa. In Nigeria malaria takes a devastating toll. This year we are supporting a life saving new treatment there to protect the most vulnerable young children – and we are continuing to support the eventual elimination of malaria from Namibia.
With renewed thanks from myself and the team and wishing you a joyful and relaxing Christmas,