Media Advisory - Belinda Stronach, Rick Mercer, UNICEF Canada and Mayor David Miller Spread the Net on Africa Malaria Day at Toronto City Hall

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - Belinda Stronach, Rick Mercer, UNICEF Canada
and Toronto Mayor David Miller will be joined by Canada's newest Spread the
Net Ambassadors and corporate partners on Africa Malaria Day in front of
Toronto City Hall, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25 at 12:35 pm.

    Date:   Wednesday, April 25
    Time:   12:35 p.m.
    Place:  Toronto City Hall, front entrance
            100 Queen St. W.



    Every year there are between 350 and 500 million cases of malaria in the
world - the vast majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa, and most of those
among children. Malaria is the largest single cause of death among African
children less than five years of age, claiming more than one million young
lives every year. Those who survive the infection can still face severe
life-long debilitation. Insecticide-treated bed nets are hung over beds to
keep out malarial mosquitoes. They are an inexpensive and highly effective
tool for preventing the spread of malaria. When properly used, bed nets can
reduce malaria transmission by up to 50 per cent and deaths of children by 20
per cent.
    The Spread the Net campaign was launched as a partnership with UNICEF
Canada in November 2006 by co-chairs Belinda Stronach and satirist Rick
Mercer. With the slogan, 1 Net. 10 Bucks. Save Lives, the goal of the campaign
is to raise $5 million to fund the procurement and free distribution of
500,000 anti-malarial bednets at 10 dollars each, for children in Rwanda and
Liberia over the next two years. Visit

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Don Wanagas, Director of
Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller, (416) 338-7134; Stuart Green,
Deputy Director of Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller, (416)
338-7119; Susan Smith, Bluesky Strategy Group, (613) 371-0624,; Michael Bociurkiw, UNICEF Canada, (416)
482-4444 ext. 831,

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