UN Club of Berkeley College Continues Fight against Malaria with 'Design to Save Lives' Event



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United Nations Club of Berkeley College Continues
Fight against Malaria with ‘Design to Save Lives’ Event
The United Nations Club of Berkeley College will continue its efforts to wipe out malaria in Africa by hosting the “Design to Save Lives” Fashion Competition and Show at The Marquee Club in Manhattan on April 15, 2009. The event will bring students and VIPs together to celebrate fashion, auction off the creations, and enjoy a reception and party, all with one design in mind – saving lives.
Though malaria has been eradicated in most of the developed world, every 30 seconds a child in Sub-Saharan Africa is killed by this devastating disease.  But a simple mosquito net can protect these children from the deadly bite of a malarial mosquito.
The event is part of the “2 Make a Net” campaign at Berkeley College, a student-led anti-malaria movement that has included malaria information booths on campus, malaria quizzes with prizes, and in-class presentations and faculty discussions about the disease. “Design to Save Lives” will support Malaria No More, a non-profit organization working to end malaria deaths in Africa – where 90% of malaria deaths occur – by providing necessary tools like mosquito nets. Students hope to raise enough funds to purchase 5,000 mosquito nets to help win the war against malaria.
“We are inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of these international students to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Berkeley College President Dario Cortes, PhD.
The United Nations Club of Berkeley College former president Iva Iordanova knows that the vision and dedication of a few can bring much greater results through networking and sincere dialogue. “Our campaign started as an effort to raise awareness in our local communities, particularly in our class rooms and student lounges," she said. "Students did care about the issue of Malaria in Sub-Sahara Africa, but did not have enough information, so we partnered with Malaria No More and decided to raise awareness and funds for mosquito nets. Berkeley College expressed its support by becoming the Gold Sponsor for the Club's campaign.”
“Fighting malaria is an uphill battle,” said Malaria No More’s John Logsdon. “We need energy, creativity and commitment to make real progress against the disease. The students at Berkeley College are combining these three components in an evening of fun, fashion and philanthropy.”
Student and other designers have been invited to submit plans for a couture evening dress inspired by the culture of Africa. The designs are to be produced and showcased at the exclusive Fashion Show at The Marquee Club in New York City on April 15 from 6:00 to 10 pm. 
To find out more about how you can help support this event, please contact Kevin Hill at 212-986-4343 Ext. 3103 or Cyndy Rubino at Ext. 3101.
A leader in business education for 78 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of over 7,200 students, with more than 700 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. All campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Photo Caption (L to R): United Nations Club of Berkeley College member Christine Nurse; Club President Ariam Sahle; and “Design to Save Lives” Project Manager Carol Auquilla display some of the designs of Africa-inspired couture evening dresses that will be produced and showcased at an exclusive Fashion Show and Auction on April 15. Funds will go toward the students’ goal of purchasing 5,000 mosquito nets to help win the war against malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa.

(Courtesy of ©MHallahan/Sumitomo Chemical - Olyset® Net)
Photo Caption: Every 30 seconds, a child in Sub-Saharan Africa is killed by malaria. The United Nations Club of Berkeley College hopes to eradicate this devastating disease by providing necessary tools, like mosquito nets, through the “2 Make a Net” campaign.
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