Mozzie the Mosquito to Make White House Easter Egg Roll Debut

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Nothing But Nets Mascot Encourages Kids to Score a Goal, Send a Net, Save a Life

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Anyone can join our team to defeat malaria. When you score a goal on me, I’ll send a net and help protect a life from malaria.

Mozzie the Mosquito, who helps spread the buzz about malaria for the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign, will be making his debut at the White House Easter Egg Roll this year. The 2014 Easter Egg Roll, which takes place on the South Lawn of the White House, is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.” The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. The activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative.

Mozzie can be found in the Eggtivity Zone, where he will challenge kids in soccer skills and teach them about the fun ways they can help send bed nets to protect children in Africa from malaria. Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite. But malaria is preventable. The Nothing But Nets campaign works to raise awareness, funds, and voices to send insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families from malaria.

“Anyone can join our team to defeat malaria,” said Mozzie. “When you score a goal on me, I’ll send a net and help protect a life from malaria.”

This will be the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with more than 30,000 people visiting the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.

Souvenir White House Easter eggs first became an annual keepsake in 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of famous people. The tradition continues this year with four colorful eggs and the official First Dog’s egg, which features First Dog’s Bo and, for the first time ever, Sunny. These collector’s eggs are available to view or purchase at

To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on April 21, 2014 on You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by visiting Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million to deliver more than 7.25 million bed nets to families in need. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, Junior Chamber International, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It costs $10 to purchase and deliver an insecticide-treated bed net, provide education on its proper use, and provide other malaria reduction interventions that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit to send a net and help save a life.

Rachel Henderson
Nothing But Nets

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