Rochdale News features Where's the Net?
A mosquito net currently on a worldwide tour is about to visit Rochdale as part of the Where’s The Net? malaria awareness campaign run by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. From 30 May – 1 June, the mosquito net will travel between Rochdale, Huddersfield, Bradford, Blackburn and Blackpool as part of a worldwide relay tour connecting people of different faiths in an international multifaith initiative to help end malaria, a disease which kills a child every minute.
This international campaign launched in February and has now reached over 15 countries including Nigeria, Nepal and the Philippines. The mosquito net currently in the UK has already covered thousands of miles and been hung by cultural landmarks including the White House, Niagara Falls, the Golden Gate Bridge and London’s Big Ben.
The Northern leg of the Where’s the Net? tour is being run by young interfaith leaders Usman Nawaz and Charlotte Dando who are taking it to different communities including Huddersfield’s Hindu Temple, Al-Karam school near Retford, Blackburn Cathedral and Challenge College, Bradford. Usman, a 22 year old Muslim from Rochdale and Charlotte, a 27 year old Quaker from London who grew up in Huddersfield, are two of 34 Faiths Act Fellows leading multifaith action in the UK, USA, Canada, India and Sierra Leone. They are working with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Malaria No More UK as part of a year-long Fellowship to unite people of different faiths in projects tackling global issues such as malaria.
Faiths Act Fellow Charlotte Dando says: “Just as the Olympic torch is journeying around the country uniting communities, we hope that our travelling mosquito net can bring together people of all faiths and none as it continues on its global relay. We’re looking forward to meeting lots of new people as we journey through Northern England, engaging them in this exciting campaign to help end malaria.”
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