Opinion

Every penny counts for Malaria Initiative

Kelsey NulphIf your eyes and ears have been open to hearing the latest “buzz” on campus, it’s likely you’ve heard something about malaria, the Wartburg Malaria Initiative or mosquitoes.

The past couple of weeks, news about malaria has been traveling quickly across campus.

Numerous educational opportunities have been presented to the Wartburg community, including, recent informative presentations and the latest convocation, featuring Sonia Shah, an award winning investigative journalist and malaria researcher.

So what’s the big deal?  In Africa, there is a disease that is claiming more lives than war, malnutrition or heart disease.

Malaria is claiming a child’s life every sixty seconds.

Over 655,000 people in Africa will die from malaria this year.

But get this— malaria is treatable and preventable.  No child, no woman or man, simply no one, has to die from a single mosquito bite.

There are so many ways to get involved in the fight to eradicate malaria.

Opportunities for student involvement are varied.

Students can work with youth in local congregations; they can become involved in the fundraising effort and students can help spread the “buzz” about the Wartburg Malaria Initiative.

Wartburg has been given an incredible opportunity to join hands with the ELCA Malaria Campaign, and to actively work in the fight to eradicate malaria.

There will be even more opportunities to get involved in the initiative throughout both family weekend and homecoming weekend.

Stop by the Wartburg Malaria Initiative table during either weekend, and decorate a jar that you can use to collect your spare change as a contribution to the initiative.

The fundraising goal of the Wartburg Malaria Initiative has been set at $35,000 over the course of the school year.

Every penny counts, because through a generous grant that Wartburg received, every donation made towards the initiative will be matched 100 percent.

The money raised through the initiative will be used for preventative medication, medication that helps to treat malaria, educational opportunities and community programs that encourage community growth in countries within Africa.

Students have so many commitments; classes, work, athletics, leadership positions and involvement in other organizations.

So, why sign on to one more commitment?

We are blessed to have the opportunity to receive an exceptional education, we are blessed to have health care and medication at our fingertips and we are blessed to be able to live our lives without fear of dying from a single mosquito bite.

Let me remind you- malaria is treatable and preventable.  You can make a difference.

Whether it’s a monetary donation, a donation of time, talent or prayer— you have the ability to help make a difference in the fight to eradicate malaria.

For more information on how to get involved with the Malaria Initiative on campus go to

www.wartburg.edu/malaria.

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