From the very humorous comment made by the KLM pilot leaving Amsterdam that “We will be able to get going as soon as the last of the vuvuzelas are loaded,” to the decked out airport, to the international flags lining all the major roadways, it is clear that World Cup fever is everywhere.
We are now down to the final two teams in the tournament, and the talk turns to who everyone is now rooting for. No matter your favorite, being here in South Africa is a source of great pride for the country, and a fantastic chance for the world to focus its attention on the continent of Africa, both for its enormous beauty and its struggles.
Tonight, during the finale concert, we will have the opportunity to share important stories about malaria throughout the performances. I hope that along with football fever, team loyalty, and a great time, people are able to see that now is the time to get involved and make a difference. We are united against malaria. Send a net. Save a life.