On World Malaria Day Waupaca area United Methodists and friends will join together in a walk through the city streets as part of an international effort to raise $75 million to end malaria in Africa.
The Imagine No Malaria Walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at First United Methodist Church, 720 Demarest Ave., Waupaca.
In Sub-Saharan of Africa, malaria continues to kill one person every minute, and targets pregnant women and children under age 5, according to Imagine No Malaria’s website.
Donations to Imagine No Malaria support a wide range of sustainable programs. A grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation covers administrative expenses, so 100 percent of donations to Imagine No Malaria go to the programs and people in Africa.
Since Imagine No Malaria began in 2008, over $65 million has been raised resulting in over 2.3 million bed nets distributed, over 11,600 local health volunteers trained, and 13 national health boards established.
The United Methodist Church estimates their efforts have cut the number of malaria deaths in half.
To learn more about the Waupaca Imagine No Malaria Walk, participate or sponsor a walker, contact Rev. Dee Ann Woods, at First United Methodist Church, 715-258-3400.