Houston Community Leaders Unite to Fight Malaria in September

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Mayor Bill White declares September 17 - September 23, 2007 Nothing But Nets Week.

What:    Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign to prevent malaria, will host a series of events throughout the month of September, in Houston, TX as part of its national effort to raise money and awareness for malaria prevention. Malaria is a leading killer of children in Africa. The United Nations Foundation, The People of the United Methodist Church, the Office of Mayor Bill White, the Houston Dynamo, the Houston Rockets, the Houston Comets, and the World Affairs Council of Houston will co-host several events, including a Malaria Boot Camp for youth, a faith leaders breakfast for area faith and lay leaders, and a Nothing But Nets in-stadium event with the Houston Dynamo.

On September 18, 2007, Mayor Bill White will host a press conference on the steps of City Hall to announce the city-wide commitment to combating malaria. Council Member Ada Edwards will join Houston Mayor Bill White to declare September 17 - September 23, 2007 Nothing But Nets week in Houston.

Who:         Bill White – Mayor of Houston     

Richard Holbrooke – President and CEO, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, former ambassador to Germany and the United Nations

    Dwayne De Rosario – MLS Athlete, Houston Dynamo

Ada Edwards – Houston City Council Member

Oliver Luck – President and General Manager, Houston Dynamo

Tad Brown - CEO, Houston Rockets

Janice Huie – Bishop, The People of the United Methodist Church

Thomas Bickerton – Bishop, The People of the United Methodist Church

Elizabeth McKee – Director, Nothing But Nets campaign    

Local events:

Saturday, September 8, 7:30 p.m. CDT

Nothing But Nets In-Stadium Event with the Houston Dynamo, Robertson Stadium

(3100 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX, 77204)

The Houston Dynamo hosted a Nothing But Nets in-stadium night to bring players and fans together to fight malaria. Activities included pre-game and half-time presentations, auctions, contests, and more. This is one of many in-stadium events occurring this year as part of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. partnership with Nothing But Nets.

Tuesday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

Nothing But Nets Press Conference and Proclamation, Houston City Hall

(901 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002)

Mayor Bill White will host a press conference, on the steps of City Hall, to announce the city-wide commitment to combating malaria. The Mayor and Council Member Ada Edwards will declare September 17-September 23, 2007 Nothing But Nets week in Houston.

Wednesday, September 19, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CDT

Nothing But Nets Malaria Boot Camp for Youth

(Bellaire High School, 5100 Maple Street, Bellaire, TX 77401)

The World Affairs Council of Houston is hosting a malaria workshop for hundreds of local high school students to educate youth about malaria prevention, Nothing But Nets, and what youth can do to raise awareness in their communities. Health experts and professional athletes will participate in the event activities.

Thursday, September 20, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT

Nothing But Nets Faith Leaders’ Luncheon

(St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2019 Crawford Street, Houston, TX 77002)

    Faith leaders from the Houston area will come together to pray for children and families who suffer from malaria and discuss the current issues and threats posed by this disease. The discussion will also focus on opportunities for the faith community to get involved in Nothing But Nets.

Friday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The World Affairs Council of Houston - Building Hope for Africa Speaker Series

(Westin Galleria Hotel, Galleria Ballroom, 5060 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77056)

Nothing But Nets will participate in the Council's Building Hope for Africa speaker series. This luncheon presentation will highlight Nothing But Nets, featuring keynote speaker Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and will focus on the current issues and threats posed by malaria as well as opportunities for various communities to get involved.

INTERVIEW AVAILABILITY. PHOTO OPPORTUNITY.

All events are open to credentialed media only.

Please contact Amy DiElsi at 202-419-3230 or adielsi@unfoundation.org.

For more information visit, http://www.NothingButNets.net/Houston or call 1-800-380-1810.

About Nothing But Nets

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, tens of thousands of people have joined the Campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, the people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. Other partners include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, VH1, The Mark J. Gordon Foundation, AOL Black Voices, Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S., the Wasserman Foundation, The Women’s National Basketball Association’s WNBA Cares, and Rotarians’ Action Group on Malaria. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

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