On May 23, 2009 the Youth hosted a spaghetti dinner / karaoke-singing fundraiser to benefit "Nothing But Nets". Each dinner served covered the cost of a life--saving malaria net for this very unique project.
Over $1,350 was raised!!
Spurred by a May 2006 editorial in Sports Illustrated by former SI columnist Rick Reilly, "Nothing But Nets" is a grass roots effort to supply simple insecticide-coated nets to drape around sleeping areas. According the World Health Organization, upwards of 3,000 children die EVERY DAY in Africa due to malaria -- an otherwise beatable disease. As Reilly wrote, "that's a 9/11 every day!" Some nets can cover an entire family, and the nets last upwards of four years. They cost $4 to $6, and $10 total will buy the net and get it shipped overseas.
21 members of GSUMC Youth and adult chaperones attended ROCK 2012 in January, 2012, in Ocean City Maryland and had an inspirationally-good time.