Carihi teacher Maureen Desrochers

One net, ten bucks can save lives

Campbell River's Carihi students are competing against schools across the country to raise money to help children in Africa

Carihi students are spreading the net to help save a life.

Students Dayna Amelia, Lindsay Frame, Shayla Soppracole-Tate, Emily Koopman, Jessie Stirling and Armin Bayati, supported by Maureen Desrochers, French Immersion Teacher, have stepped up to the Spread the Net Student Challenge and now you and your business, place of work or organization can help.

These courageous kids are raising money to buy mosquito netting to help end the spread of malaria in Africa, the most malaria ridden country in the world. The school that raises the most funds for the program wins a visit from comedian Rick Mercer.

The students are already well on their way with fundraising initiatives that have raised over $3,000. This number already puts them in one of the top six spots in Canada and in contention for the ultimate prize. They are the top B.C. team so far.

A total of  750,000 people die of malaria every year; most of them are under the age of five. It is the single biggest financial drain on healthcare in Africa. With the purchase of one net, you can protect one or more children for up to five years. GoCampbellRiver.com is in full support of the students and challenges all organizations in Campbell River, big or small to do the same.

The prize for the students is a visit from Rick Mercer, the prize for the community is immeasurable.

GoCampbellRiver is not only offering a personal donation of $100 but to keep the ball rolling, will also donate a feature on the front page of its website for one month on the organization or business that raises the most funds.

Each net costs $10, so use that number as a suggested donation. All proceeds go directly to the program.

Donations can be dropped off until February 29 at Carihi (350 Dogwood St.) during school hours or at the Campbell River Visitor Information Centre from 9 a.m-5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays in the Tyee Plaza.

If you would like a tax receipt please make your cheque payable to Spread the Net – minimum $25 donation for a tax receipt).