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Eliminate Malaria Campaign

Five years ago, a child died every 30 seconds from malaria.  Today, a child dies every 60 seconds from malaria according to a report released by the United Nations Foundation.  90% of these deaths occur in Africa.

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In 2010 Simon Estes sang at the World Cup Grand Finale Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa. At that concert he heard a startling statistic: that 90% of all Malaria deaths in the world are in Africa. The moderator continued to inform the entire audience in the Coca-Cola Dome of 12,000 people, including the President of South Africa, that every 30 seconds a child dies from Malaria, which means that 1 million children die every year because of a mosquito bite.  Simon Estes’ heart was very heavy, knowing that children were dying needlessly when the solution seemed so simple. He discovered that a $5.00 net would prevent the spread of this deadly disease and an additional $5.00 would transport, distribute, and educate a family on the use of the net. 

Simon Estes stated “I really believe that God has called me to this cause.  It came about when I sang at the Grand Finale Concert of the World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am going to continue on this mission until we succeed in raising funds to purchase one million nets.”

In 2013 the Simon Estes Foundation entered into a partnership agreement with the United Nations Foundation “Nothing But Nets” Campaign which is working to eliminate the threat of malaria for millions of children in Africa.  This partnership provides the Simon Estes Foundation with access to resources to ensure that the funds generated by our Eliminate Malaria Campaign will directly benefit children in Africa.

The Simon Estes Foundation has raised and committed $200,000 to support malaria prevention for children and families in Africa. An initial commitment from the Simon Estes Foundation of $100,000 was given to the United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets Campaign in January 2014. The funds, generated from the Iowa Students Care Christmas Concert, held on December 15, 2013 in Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University, were used to purchase nets for children and families in the Central African Republic. Margo Jacobs, Director of Development/Campaigns for the United Nations Foundations commented “Thanks to the support of the Simon Estes Foundation, and, through it, the generosity of students and families across Iowa, 60,000 people are now sleeping safely from malaria-carrying mosquitos in the Central African Republic.”

In addition, the United Nations Foundation was able to leverage the gift to raise an additional $250,000 to support malaria prevention in Africa. Therefore, the impact of the Simon Estes Foundation’s gift, coupled with the additional funds raised by the United Nations Foundation, totaled $350,000.   Jacobs also noted “Simon’s dedication and passion for raising awareness of malaria is inspiring. He is a great champion for Nothing But Nets and for the global community working to end this preventable disease.”

In December 2014, the Simon Estes Foundation contributed another $100,000 to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign.  These funds will be used to purchase nets for children and families in the country of Chad.

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 help deliver more than 7.5 million bed nets to families in need. Campaign partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 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.