April 4, 2012
Student organization sponsoring concert to benefit families of Uganda
The student chapter of NETwork Against Malaria at Northwest Missouri State University is sponsoring a concert performed by local pop-punk band The Victory Lap to support the organization’s mission of providing bed nets to families in Uganda.
The concert will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the event with cash or a Bearcat Card. Sigma Phi Epsilon is co-sponsoring the event with the Northwest chapter.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent Malaria in Uganda. The bed nets, costing about $10 each, protect family members from mosquitoes that carry malaria. It’s said that one bed net saves two people from contracting the disease.
The Northwest chapter of NETwork Against Malaria was founded in 2010 by a group of students at the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing. The group raised more than $9,000 in its first year by making and selling necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Last fall, the Northwest chapter expanded to include not just Academy students but Northwest students as well.
“NETwork has given students the opportunity to help others and give back to those in need,” said Kristina Rittel, residential counselor at the Missouri Academy and advisor to the group. “There are a lot of students out there that want to help others but are unsure how to do so, so this gives them a chance to lend a helping hand and it is a fun way to do so.”
For more information, contact Anna Sutton, NETwork Against Malaria president, at S509093@mail.nwmissouri.edu.
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