Dear Mr. Smit,

On behalf of UNICEF Canada, I would like to thank you for supporting our Spread the Net campaign by hosting the Spread the Net Concert Fundraiser on October 13, 2007, at the Cecil Community Centre in Toronto. The $2,508.00 that was raised during this event and provided directly to UNICEF Canada on October 16th will be used to purchase 250 bed nets for children and families in Liberia and Rwanda. 

Bed nets are a key tool in the fight against the deadly but preventable malaria disease. The fundraising event you organized will help us reach our goal of supplying 500,000 bed nets to children in Liberia and Rwanda by 2009, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

Malaria is the largest killer of children in Africa, killing more than 900,000 children under the age of five each year. Children who survive malaria are likely to suffer from chronic anaemia, neurological damage, and even blindness. And pregnant women are at risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and delivering low birth weight babies. But the use of insecticide-treated bed nets has proven to be a key preventative tool, cutting the number of malaria cases in half. 

Thanks to supporters like you, we’re making great progress towards the goal to ensure all children sleep safely and grow up free from malaria.

If you would like further information about UNICEF’s work on malaria prevention, please visit www.spreadthenet.org or www.unicef.ca. 

Sincerely,

Carolyn Solby
Director, Corporate Development & Community Partnerships
UNICEF Canada

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