Jungle celebrities unite to back Malaria No More UK0Comments
As the celebrities in ITV’s reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! enter their final week in the jungle, Malaria No More UK reveals their motivations for uniting behind the goal to reach near zero deaths from malaria by 2015.
British comedian and journalist Dom Joly says: “I’ve travelled all over Africa and have seen the devastating effects of malaria first hand. But there’s a simple solution to prevention, a £5 bed net will protect a mother and a child for up to five years, it’s a no brainer. UK travellers are increasingly at risk of getting malaria too, so before you go out and about make sure you take medical advice – it only takes one bite.”
Former Olympic and World Champion athlete Linford Christie says: “It used to take me 47 seconds to run the 400 meters, it doesn’t sound like much but in that time, a child will have died from malaria in Africa. I’m backing the bid to make malaria no more and hope the British public will get behind it too”.
Former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik said: “I hope people will join me in the campaign to make malaria no more and to save literally millions of lives. Last year, the public’s generosity through phone voting helped fund a project, which helped protect 1.3 million people in Ghana from catching malaria. I hope our jungle action will spur on even more votes this year”.
Rapper Aggro Santos says: Big respect to Malaria No More UK, the statistics are crazy and it’s not right that so many people are hit by a disease which can be stopped. Right now, I’m happy be in place where I can help out”.
TV Presenter Alison Hammond says, “I am so shocked to hear that malaria is still so rife and taking the lives of children in Africa every 45 seconds – but there is hope. I have just returned from Morocco where I was climbing the Atlas Mountains and heard that malaria was recently eliminated there. I hope that my time in the jungle will help other countries in Africa rid themselves of this devastating disease.”
On 22nd November 2010, ITV Tonight aired a report back documentary “The Deadliest Bite” highlighting the more serious side to the celebrities’ fun in the jungle. ITV reporter Morland Sanders travelled to Ghana to give a firsthand account of how funds raised through phone voting in 2009 helped fund a crucial malaria education campaign and the distribution of life-saving mosquito bed nets to some of the most vulnerable communities in Ghana. Watch “The Deadliest Bite”
You can also be part of this effort by making a donation to help make malaria no more – a donation of just £5 is enough to buy deliver and hang a net that will protect two people from malaria for up to 5 years.