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By: Ruth Riley

5 Years: Sending Nets, Faith, and Hope

June 9, 2017
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As we go through this journey of life, there are a few significant experiences that influence us in such substantial ways that they alter the course we are on and the way we perceive our purpose here on earth. For me, one of those experiences was representing the WNBA as one of the founding spokespeople with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. As the campaign celebrates its 5th year fighting malaria, I cannot help but reflect on both how this campaign has impacted my life, and — more importantly — the millions of lives that have been saved in this short time span. 

Some charitable organizations are scrutinized for the way they handle their funds – but I can without a doubt say that I have faith that the UN Foundation exhibits the utmost integrity when managing and allocating the donations they have received. Without a doubt, their focus is making sure your $10 donation is used to cover the cost of purchasing a long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed net, distributing it, and educating communities on its use. I’ve seen the impact of these donations on multiple trips to Africa with Nothing But Nets, as well as with one of its founding partners, the United Methodist Church.

Most of you know that your contributions to Nothing But Nets provides an essential life-saving tool — but what you may not have considered is that along with that bed net, you are actually delivering hope to entire countries. I have been fortunate to be a part of a few net distributions in Nigeria, Angola, and Mali. Without fail, the look on a mother’s face when we give her a net has an immense amount of gratitude, mixed with the assurance that her children will now have the chance to live healthy lives!

Thank you for your support of Nothing But Nets over the past 5 years – and for continuing to support the fight against malaria.

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