Judith Golooba of our parish has issued an appeal for mosquito nets to help prevent malaria in Malawi. Judith’s message (below) contains a link to a moving video presented by British actor Peter Capaldi, as part of the ‘Red Nose’ charity fundraising appeal. We are invited to help provide mosquito nets directly, or via donations. I commend this good cause to your generous attention. Judith can be reached by email or by phone: 691 242396.
Can you help?
I recently received an email from my father, Jack Mapanje, the Malawian poet, with this youtube link : http://youtu.be/OgsBbVbpi4g (It was a program broadcast on British television for Red Nose Day 2015)
The video is so touching and the story of Thembani so moving that I felt I had to share it with you! After watching the clip, I felt devastated for doing nothing about it.
Wouldn’t it be great if some of the Malawians who cannot afford mosquito nets in townships and villages were equipped with one, thereby preventing further unnecessary deaths? In this day and age a child should not be allowed to die of malaria!
So, this is what I have decided to do. I am going to buy as many mosquito nets as I possibly can, initially about 600 nets. I think it is a task, which is achievable; but I realize that I cannot do it alone; I need your help; can you help?
I have done some research and have realized that Amazon sell mosquito nets! (What does Amazon not sell). The prices vary. The cheapest I found was 8.99 GBP. If you were to order a mosquito net via Amazon, you could then have it delivered straight to me. (I will send you my postal address and telephone number upon request).
I will then personally travel to Malawi in the summer to deliver the mosquito nets. I will begin with some two hundred nets for selected townships and villages in the northern region, two hundred nets in the central region and two hundred nets in the south. I have contacted several friends in Malawi with whom I will actually deliver the nets to ensure that they reach the right destinations.
This is also the cheapest way to get them over there, as having about six hundred mosquito nets shipped would cost so much and would not guarantee that they would end up in the right hands! I would need transport money to travel to the north, south and central regions to deliver the nets. I realize that targeting selected villages and townships is not adequate; it is only the beginning of the provision of the help; but it is better than doing nothing; can you help please?
I plan to travel in July; so all mosquito nets need to be received by end of June.
Please pass on this email to as many people as you can. You too can help save lives in Malawi. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.
Many thanks in advance for the help you will provide.