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School helps to fight PNG’s killer Malaria

News Item ImageTo fight Malaria, Rotarians and rotary clubs throughout Australia have been adopting villages in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands, which essentially mean providing the money to afford all the people in a village of chemically impregnated bed nets. The rotary club of Mansfield has an ongoing program with the schools of Mansfield giving them the opportunity to participate in the program by raising money to adopt a village. St Mary’s Primary School raised more than $300 which enabled them to adopt the village of Gigaifua, near the Kokoda Track. On the World Malaria Awareness Day, the rotary president, Ian Morley presented a certificate to the school Principal, Adrian Cheer, and an example of the bed net was shown to the assembly. Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Each day it claims some 3000 lives- the equivalent of the lives lost in the Twin Towers attack on September 11, 2001. In the course of a year, perhaps a billion people will contact malaria worldwide.