MARCH AGAINST MALARIA  
June 2024
 
 
In 2019, Rotary Australia gave an undertaking to raise funds of US$12m to invest in the eradication of Malaria in our Zone and further afield.
 
With the help of the independent Global Fund https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/, Finish The Fight (FTF) is establishing a great base to launch this project.
 
It is now up to Rotarians to support this initiative throughout Australia and show what can be done when Rotarians, through their clubs, work together. If successful, we can get clubs and members around the world to get involved.
 
What I am asking you to do?
  • I would like you to encourage the clubs and Rotarians in our District to have a look at the website https://finish-the-fight.org/march-against-malaria-event/  and organise a March Against Malaria, preferably in March 2024, but whenever suits them, but before the end of the Rotary year. This is an event that will give clubs an opportunity to engage with the local community, create awareness of Rotary and raise funds for a very worthy cause. From experience, the clubs may even attract new members.
  • Appoint a Club MAM champion to be the liaison for PDG Tony Spring to deal with directly. Someone who will provide and receive regular updates.
To help every club FTF has produced a website with a Guidance Pack, which can be downloaded and used, and provided additional information to help every club that wishes to participate. I have attached a poster for your use.
Rotarians in Australia can help eliminate Malaria and its horrifying impact on women and children. In 2019 a child died from malaria every two minutes but by 2022 a child now dies nearly every minute from malaria. That is a horrifying statistic. Further, the WHO world report of 2022 indicated that 640,000 people die of malaria and 214m are affected by the disease every year. In the Western Pacific Rim cases and deaths are increasing. The enormous impact this has on the welfare and socio-economic well-being of people and countries is staggering. The sad fact is that some 90% of deaths are related to pregnant women and children under 5 years old. Yet, Malaria is a disease that is preventable and curable.
 
EVENT: Finish the Fight with the Rotary Club of Pakenham. 
Sun 16th Jun 2024, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Rotary Park
Rundell Way, Pakenham VIC 3810, Australia
 
 
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