Stronach to attend UN meeting on malaria



    Recent local initiative raises funds for the purchase of 60,000 nets

    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Belinda Stronach will travel to New York
City this week to participate in a series of meetings that will address how
the global communtiy can move ahead with the eradication of malaria.
    The main event is being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on
September 25th to accelerate work toward achieving a reduction in incidences
of malaria in Africa, among other critical goals for poverty and disease
reduction by 2015, as outlined in the Millennium Development Goals adopted by
the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. Several heads of state and
government, are expected to attend, joined by leaders from the private sector,
foundations and citizen activist groups.
    Ms. Stronach is co-founder of Spread the Net, a grassroots organization
designed to educate, motivate and inspire Canadians to help eradicate malaria
by fundraising to support the purchase and distribution of bed nets to protect
African families from malaria-causing mosquitoes. She is also a member of the
board of Malaria No More and the Chair, Malaria No More Canada.
    "This is a critical moment for the Millennium Development Goals,"
Ms. Stronach said. "It's time for prosperous nations like Canada to answer the
developing world's call to help find real answers to chronic problems."
    She added: "The global intervention against malaria is making gains, but
many more bed nets are needed - and needed now. For our part, we need ensure
that Canada lives up to the additional commitment of $450 million by 2010. The
fight against this disease will not end until malaria is relegated to
history."
    While in New York, Ms. Stronach will attend meetings of the Clinton
Global Initiative and Millennium Promise, both on the theme of malaria, which
still kills more than one million people each year. And she will review
progress in the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases - so-called
"biblical diseases" such as elephantiasis and hookworm, which afflict many in
developing countries such as Haiti.
    Ms. Stronach also announced today that the first-ever Golf Rocks, a
fundraising charity event held earlier this month at Magna Golf Club, raised
enough funds for the purchase of 60,000 bed nets to be distributed to African
families through Spread the Net and Malaria No More. This has the potential to
impact as many as 300,000 lives.




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