Andy Murray Supports Malaria No More UK and Comic Relief
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Andy Murray backs Malaria No More UK, an innovative charity that raises funds and awareness to save lives in Africa. He and David Beckham are founding members of the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council and committed supporters of the charity’s aim to end deaths from malaria in Africa by 2015.
Murray and Beckham helped launch Malaria No More UK in April 2009 with a sporting first at Wembley Stadium. They played tennis over the world’s longest tennis net, made out of a mosquito net, to highlight the vital need for nets to help prevent the spread of malaria in Africa. See them in action here. The pair also joined athlete Denise Lewis and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown for a photo call at Downing Street, hanging a mosquito net over the front door of No.10 to illustrate ongoing British leadership in the fight against malaria.
In 2010 Murray continued the ‘nets needed’ campaign by starring in a compelling advert to raise awareness and funds for the charity. The ad encouraged people to donate £5, enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net to protect two people from malaria in Africa. The ad reached an audience of over 23 million people and saw a significant rise in donations. View the ad here. Murray continues to support Malaria No More UK’s campaigns in person and through his social media channels.
Malaria is one of the world’s most devastating, preventable diseases, affecting half of the world’s population. Tragically over 90% of all deaths take place in Africa, where almost 2,000 lives are lost to the disease every day. Malaria No More UK is part of a global movement committed to ending these preventable deaths and uses innovative campaigns to encourage governments, business and the UK public to get involved in the fight against malaria. The charity also makes direct investments in Africa and in 2010, helped protect two million people from malaria across Ghana, Botswana and Namibia.
“This is the first global charity I’ve been involved with in this capacity and it was an easy decision. Malaria is preventable and treatable but yet it still kills more children in Africa than any other single disease. We can radically change this, it is a huge opportunity and I’m urging the UK public to help save a life and get behind Malaria No More UK.”
This year Murray filmed a sketch for Comic Relief with the cast of Outnumbered, A British Comedy Award winning and BAFTA nominated British Sitcom. The programme has been critically acclaimed for its semi-improvisational scripting and realistic portrayal of children and family life. All will be revealed on Red Nose Day on Friday March 18th!
Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty, raising millions of pounds through two big fundraising campaigns – Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. Their mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment, tackling the root causes of poverty and social injustice and raising awareness of the issues that we care most about.