To raise awareness and fight against malaria, Los Angeles-based band Dawes will be traveling to Africa this week to distribute life-saving bed nets throughout refugee camps in Rwanda with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing but Nets campaign.
These insecticide-treated mosquito nets will help keep families safe from malaria, which is a leading cause of death among children in Africa. In addition to visiting refugee camps, Dawes will also perform with local musicians and meet with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) officials in order to determine more ways to help the humanitarian situation in the area.
According to a press release, guitarist/vocalist Taylor Goldsmith provided this statement about the campaign: ”’Nothing But Nets’ mission is simple, but makes a real difference. A $10 bed net is all it takes to give a family hope. We believe no child should die from a preventable disease like malaria.”
“Refugees already face incredibly difficult conditions. These families fleeing violence shouldn’t have to worry about a deadly mosquito bite. Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria-but a simple bed net can keep them safe,” explained Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “Through the trip to Rwanda and beyond, Nothing But Nets and Dawes will raise awareness among the band’s fans and inspire them to send nets and save lives.”
The four-member rock band and Nothing But Nets have provided more than 1 million bed nets to refugees since partnering in 2008. For more information about Nothing But Nets, visit the campaign’s website here.