Nets for Nets fights malaria-related deaths


Photo credit/ Katlynn Whitaker

CRS member Colleen Sideck places money into fellow member Heather Kees’s collection that will be used to purchase malaria nets for families across the globe.

Katlynn Whitaker, Photographer and Asst. Design Editor

On Saturday, Jan. 31, Campus Ministry and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Campus Ambassadors held their annual Nets for Nets fundraising event in the Lynett-Haggerty Fitness Center.

During the women’s and men’s basketball games at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., students collected $328.16 in donations that will allow CRS to purchase malaria nets for families across the globe.

Members of Campus Ministry and CRS stressed the fact that malaria nets are inexpensive and the disease itself is preventable.

“Ninety percent of all malaria deaths occur in Africa among children less than five years of age,” said Sister John Michele Southwick, I.H.M., assistant director of Campus Ministry.

Sr. John stressed the importance of funding the nets and raising the money each year.

“Imagine the children in the U.S. that are under five years old. If we saw them die, would we do nothing?” asked Sr. John.

The Marywood CRS Ambassadors focus on helping the poor around the world through multiple projects including the Nets for Nets event. They also focus on issues such as human trafficking, poverty, and hunger.

“I like doing the service work and being around people who share those passions,” said Heather Kees, junior nutrition major and CRS member.

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