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  • David Beckham and Andy Murray are founding members of the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council.
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Andy Murray is a founding member of the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council. Malaria No More UK is an innovative charity and part of a global movement to reach near zero deaths from malaria by 2015. Currently, malaria kills one child every 45 seconds and hits the hardest in Africa, where more than 90 per cent of all malaria deaths occur. Malaria No More UK’s Africa programmes help tackle malaria amongst those most at risk. They focus on high-impact investments; including targeted mosquito net distributions, providing access to rapid diagnostic blood tests, awareness and education campaigns and country capacity building and technical support.

"This is the first global charity I’ve been involved with in this capacity and it was an easy decision," said Murray. "Malaria is preventable and stoppable, 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, a truly world-changing and life-saving initiative.”

Highlights

In 2009, Andy Murray and England football star David Beckham staged a stunt at Wembley Stadium to raise awareness about the vital role nets play to save lives from malaria, playing tennis over the world's longest tennis net, which was made from a mosquito net. They then joined Olympic gold medal winner Denise Lewis and then-Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, for a photo call at Downing Street, where a mosquito net was hung over the front door of No.10 

Murray also starred in an ad, 'Nets Needed', which further highlighted the vital role mosquito nets play in saving and protecting lives from malaria. More recently, he supported Malaria No More UK's 'Live Below The Line' challenge, a campaign which encouraged people to live on £1 a day for all food and drink for 5 days to raise funds. The Scot wrote a piece to launch the Sports Section on the Huffington Post and finished with the news that he was donating a special package for the top fundraiser, including tickets to see him play.

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