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Usher's Camp New Look Youth Participants Pledge to Help End Malaria in Africa

Kids will help send more than 40,000 anti-malaria bed nets to Ethiopia in 2009

Atlanta, GA —   July 24, 2009

In support of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign–a global, grassroots initiative to prevent the spread of malaria–130 youth ages 14-18 participating in Camp New Look announced today their commitment to raising awareness and funds to send 40,000 anti-malaria nets to refugees in Ethiopia, where malaria is a leading killer.  The young people announced their commitment alongside recording artist and philanthropist Usher Raymond IV, Usher’s New Look President Shawn H. Wilson, and Nothing But Nets Executive Director Elizabeth Gore during the closing ceremony for Camp New Look, a summer program designed by Usher to empower youth from under-served communities by providing them with the economic and educational building blocks necessary to become corporate and community leaders. Later this year, Usher and camp participants will distribute the nets to families in Ethiopia.

“The entire New Look team believes that service is raw energy, and when we put that energy in the hands of our most creative and energetic young people it becomes possible to solve even the world’s most pressing problems” said Shawn H. Wilson, President of Usher’s New Look. “We are so proud of the youth at Camp New Look who have committed to use the power of service to change their own lives and the lives of children and families in Africa.”

During the two week-long camp, the youth learned about malaria and designed service campaigns to engage their communities in the fight against the deadly disease. A $10 donation is all it takes to purchase and distribute a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net to prevent malaria. The nets protect children and their families from the malaria-carrying mosquitoes that bite at night.

“I’m inspired by the energy and motivation of these youth who are dedicated to helping Nothing But Nets send nets and save lives,” said Elizabeth Gore, executive director of Nothing But Nets. “These young people are coming from disadvantaged circumstances and now they are saving lives. They demonstrate the power of grassroots action to make a significant impact on the lives of others and in the global fight to prevent the spread of malaria in Africa.”
 
Carmen Seay, a first year camper from Detroit, explains “No one in my community talks about service. The opportunity to be involved in Usher’s New Look and the Nothing But Nets campaign will honestly change my life. I can’t wait to bring the power of service back to my community.”

This year, Nothing But Nets is partnering with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to raise funds to cover more than one million refugees in 15 African countries with life-saving bed nets.  Nothing But Nets has already successfully delivered more than 275,000 bed nets to cover 27 refugee camps in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Sudan.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $27 million and distributed over 2 million nets to children and families in Africa.  To learn more about Nothing But Nets and how to get involved, visit www.NothingButNets.net.


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About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, more than one hundred thousand people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, the people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It costs just $10 to provide a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net to prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About Camp New Look
Founded in 1999, Usher’s New Look (UNL) empowers youth from under-served communities by providing them with the economic and educational building blocks necessary to become corporate and community leaders. Usher’s New Look gives youth the skills and opportunities necessary to enter careers in the sports and  entertainment industry with the intent of increasing their economic status and civic engagement while decreasing at-risk behavior.  We accomplish this through exposure, experience and employment opportunities. For more information about Usher’s New Look, visit www.ushersnewlook.org

Press Contacts:
For interviews with Elizabeth Gore and information about UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets:
Amy DiElsi, UN Foundation
(o) 202-419-3230, (e) adielsi@unfoundation.org

For interviews with Shawn H. Wilson, Camp New Look youth, and Usher Raymond IV:
Julie Chudow, Rogers and Cowan
(o) 845-258-8556 (e) jchudow@rogersandcowan.com  

 
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