Simon Fuller, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ray Chambers share their malaria stories for Mozzy Air0Comments
British entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller, African Superstar Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers, are sharing their malaria stories in support of our awareness campaign Mozzy Air.
Mozzy Air is a fictitious airline that flies to over 100 malaria destinations and features powerful stories from people across the UK, US and Africa affected by malaria. It is brought to life through an interactive infographic of a world map with flight paths to malarious countries with malaria facts and compelling personal experiences from various destinations. Mozzy Air has already reached over two million people on Twitter and offers the chance to check in to a flight by using #MozzyAir on Twitter.
The new stories mark phase two of the month long campaign which launched for World Mosquito Day on 20 August featuring powerful personal accounts from an eclectic mix of people from the worlds of music, entertainment, business, faith, politics, media and family life including soul singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc, actor David Arquette, Sky News Anchor Lukwesa Burak and The Department for International Development’s Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock. Personal stories are a compelling way to increase understanding about malaria, a preventable disease that claims the life of a child every minute.
Simon Fuller shares: “My Dad was an RAF Pilot in WW2 and sadly contracted recurring malaria in Burma. He suffered his whole life but thanks to medicine lived to a ripe old age and became a teacher in Ghana, where I grew up. It was my job to spray the house with mosquito spray to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Some of my fondest memories are of my childhood in Ghana, I love that country – I have been back many times and am proud to support Malaria No More UK”.
To help drive the campaign, British fashion brand and Malaria No More UK supporter Jack Wills have provided an incentive: those who share their story are entered into a draw to win a £50 Jack Wills voucher and Malaria No More bracelet – a unisex bracelet currently sold by Jack Wills that is handcrafted in Africa to help save lives from malaria. Four of these prizes will be given away during the campaign.
Arabella Gilchrist, our Communications Director says: “We are inspired by and grateful to everyone who has shared their story so far. We have received a wealth of diverse and unforgettable personal accounts – each one is living proof of our ability to prevent and treat malaria. We hope the latest experiences shared through Mozzy Air will fuel further story submissions to help us raise vital awareness to save lives from malaria”.
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