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The Need for Nets

June 4, 2006

Filed under: life — Terry Wohlers @ 08:48

Rick Reilly, a Colorado resident, writes a column in Sports Illustrated that I would bet is the most popular page in the magazine. In his May 1, 2006 column, he wrote about nets. Not the kind that are used in soccer, basketball, hockey, or tennis. He discussed the kind that is saving lives. Reilly explained that nearly 3,000 kids die every day in Africa from malaria. The problem would drop by 60% with the aid of mosquito nets and proper treatment, according to the World Health Organization.

The cost to purchase, ship, and install one insecticide-coated net is about $10. One net can cover a family of four and last four years.

In his column, Reilly has asked readers to consider a donation and I am passing along his request to you: Send $10, $20, or whatever you can afford and save some lives. We’re talking about the cost of a music CD or visit to a fast food restaurant. One hundred percent of the donation goes to the nets. Zero goes to overhead, thanks to Ted Turner’s $1 billion donation to establish the U.N. Foundation, which covers the overhead.

Reilly has launched the effort with a donation of $20,000.

If you want to save some lives, go to It takes only about two minutes.