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Sounders invite fans to help fight malaria

Sounders FC is inviting fans to help with a bed net fund-raising campaign at the Sounders-Real Salt Lake match Saturday at Qwest Field. Fans can contribute at ticket gates, the Pro Shop or through soundersfc.com.

Here's part of the Sounders' news release:

Donations go directly toward the purchase, distribution and education about the proper use of a bed net, which can prevent malaria. The month-long campaign will culminate on World Malaria Day on April 25.

"Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria," said Sounders FC majority owner Joe Roth. "The Nothing

But Nets drive provides our organization an opportunity to build awareness and raise money for a

preventable disease that impacts our world. We challenge our fans and supporters to join us in the

campaign."

Fans that make a donation during the campaign are automatically entered into a drawing to win a trip for two to the 2009 MLS All-Star Game in Salt Lake City in July.

Malaria infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million — one person dies about every 30 seconds. Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. Over 3,000 Sub-Saharan African children die each day from malaria.

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