CKI Club brings Malaria awareness to Eastern Washington University

May 07, 2010
Since the eradication of malaria in the 1940s in the U.S., the “deadliest plague that humanity has ever known” has been forgotten. The disease, however, still claims millions of lives around the globe every year, according to the United Nations.

Eastern Washington University’s Circle K Club worked with the United Nations and its sister organizations to raise awareness and collect donations by presenting the documentary “When the Night Comes” in March.

“We know nothing of the outside world,” EWU sophomore and Circle K Club member Ashley Podplesy said. She urges students to learn of the dangers forgotten by recent generations.

“Every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria; Each year, malaria infects 300-500 million people, killing between 1 - 3 million; Malaria costs the African continent $12 billion a year in economic loss,” according to the United Nations Foundation Web site. While Circle K mostly concentrates on issues in nearby communities, from time to time, they deal with international matters. The project was publicized by the U.N., via an e-mail sent to community service groups across the country.

Musician Rob Blackledge started the night by playing a couple of his songs written for the film. The 55-minute documentary followed, after which a question and answer session took place.

The film was created by Bobby Bailey, co-founder of Invisible Children Inc., and his friends Jodie Smith and Mike Hobert. It concentrates on the impacts of malaria in Ugandan and other African communities and also reveals facts about the disease. This documentary is just one step taken by the organizations involved to end malaria by 2015, according to The Brave Team, who is also contacting campuses across the nation asking them to show the film free of charge.

“When the Night Comes” (http://www.whenthenightcomes.com) is being broadcast throughout the country in hopes of raising awareness and curing apathy, according to Podplesky.

Story excerpt courtesy The Eastern (http://www.easterneronline.com), the student newspaper of Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Malaria: Malaria No More is one of three finalists for the next Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project. The Kiwanis International Board of Trustees has selected three Worldwide Service Project finalists. You can learn more about the three finalists through presentations and video, join the discussion on which project Kiwanis should choose and sign up for e-mail updates about the Worldwide Service Project.
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