By Rick Reilly, ESPN.com Columnist and Nothing But Nets Champion
I still make a wish when I blow out my candles. Sometimes they even come true. But not everyone is that lucky.
Every year, more than half a million children in Africa die from malaria – that’s one child every 60 seconds. Those children didn’t have the chance to celebrate their next birthday, much less see a wish come true.
So I had a new wish on my birthday this year. I wished you’d “Donate Your Birthday.”
The UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has a new way to help you celebrate by saving lives. Together, we can send anti-malaria bed nets and help ensure that children in Africa have a chance to celebrate their next birthday. I donated my birthday earlier this month to Nothing But Nets, and now you can too.
Follow these simple steps:
- Submit your birthday information to Nothing But Nets and a month before your birthday, you’ll receive the tools you need to launch a personal “Donate Your Birthday” campaign.
- In the lead-up to your birthday, spread the news of your commitment and ask family and friends to help you protect the birthdays of children in Africa.
Remember, every $10 you raise helps Nothing But Nets and our UN partners purchase and distribute life-saving bed nets to protect African families from malaria.
Here’s to one more birthday wish.