Spread The Net

Spread The Net

September 11, 2007 15:06 ET

Media Advisory-Rick Mercer Visits Ottawa U Students: Tackles Mosquitoes and Malaria With National Launch of Spread the Net Campus Challenge

News conference/launch Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 am at the University of Ottawa Campus

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - It's time to throw down the campus gauntlet! Rick Mercer, co-founder of the anti-malarial bed net fundraising initiative Spread the Net will launch a new, national challenge for all Canadian university students, faculty and staff on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 11:30 am at the Morisset Terrace, 65 University.

Joining Rick Mercer for the launch will be UNICEF Canada President & CEO Nigel Fisher, Student Federation of the University of Ottawa President Pam Hrick, University of Ottawa Vice President of University Relations Bruce Feldthusen and Josh Sacobie, Captain and Quarterback of the University of Ottawa's football Gee Gee's!

Fundraising BBQ and refreshments available following the announcement.


DATE: Thursday, September 13, 2007

TIME: 11:30am SHARP

PLACE: Morisset Terrace
University of Ottawa Campus
65 University
Ottawa, Ontario

Campus map available at http://www.uottawa.ca/map/index.html

Parking available at Parking Lot K "the new residence" parking lot
Parking map available at http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

Spread the Net is a grassroots campaign co-founded by Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer in partnership with UNICEF Canada to raise funds to buy 500,000 anti-malarial mosquito bed nets at $10 each to be distributed free of charge to children in Liberia and Rwanda over the next two years. Malaria is the largest killer of children under five in Africa, with 3,000 children dying daily of the disease - one million every year. One insecticide treated bed net can protect a child for up to five years.

Donations to Spread the Net can be made at www.spreadthenet.org.

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