Meadowdale senior launches fundraising campaign to fight malaria

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Meadowdale High School student Anna Ketola during her recent visit to Nicaragua.

Meadowdale High School senior Anna Ketola has launched the “What’s Their Net Worth?” campaign to save lives against malaria. In partnership with Go the Second Mile, a non-profit organization founded by two Edmonds residents, Ketola strives to increase awareness and raise funds to provide mosquito nets for a community in Rwanda that houses more than 80 orphans and 60 widows.

According to a recent study, malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds, and 90 percent of those deaths occur in Africa. A viable solution to help protect children from the transfer of malaria is to block exposure from one of its most deadly carrier, mosquitoes.

A donation of $10 to the “What’s Their Net Worth?” cause provides one mosquito net. Ketola’s goal is to raise $1,000 by March 15 so Go the Second Mile can deliver 100 nets to the village this summer during one of its scheduled volunteer travel expeditions.

As a part of her senior project, Ketola will jump-start fundraising efforts by participating in a two mile run/walk event on March 13, and challenges community members to take an active role to help raise awareness against malaria.

The event is open to the public and will take place at 10 a.m. at Lynndale Park, 18927 72nd Ave. W., in Lynnwood. Another senior at Meadowdale High School, Ava Izdepski, is hosting the event and will walk in support for her senior project, which focuses efforts on providing relief for the women of Congo.

Ketola is passionate about helping others who are less fortunate than her, and has already made an impact on the lives of others during previous trips to Mexico and Nicaragua.

“It completely changes your world view and gives you perspective that you can’t learn in History classes,” Ketola said. “I have realized that I wouldn’t be happy in my life if I wasn’t continually serving other people less fortune than me, and that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Ketola is accepting sponsorships from individuals who want to contribute to the “What’s Their Net Worth?” campaign but are unable to participate in the run. She will also be collecting donations on Facebook, at Meadowdale High School and throughout the community. T-shirts are available with a donation to the cause — $20 for double net t-shirts, $10 for a single net t-shirt.

For more information on how to support the “What’s Their Net Worth?” cause, visit the Go the Second Mile homepage, and click the ChipIn! button to donate. Or watch a recent interview of Anna to learn more about her thoughts on travel and passion to help others.

Go the Second Mile is a non-profit organization founded by Diane Ellis and Leigh Buchan of Edmonds. It advocates for children, women and families in the world who are victims of poverty and injustice, and offers volunteer travel opportunities that provide a holistic approach to helping others.  Through global and local partnerships, the Go the Second Mile teams have an opportunity to engage in another culture while serving the host community in a mindful, appropriate, and need-based way. You can learn more about Go the Second Mile online, by calling 206-730-1319 or emailing info@go2ndmile.org.

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  1. It’s inspiring to read stories like this about what people like Anna are doing. These students have realized that it is always better to give back than to receive and that a little effort can go a long way. This world definitely needs more Anna’s!

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