At Mosquito Joe, we care about giving back to our communities just as much as we care about making outside fun again for our customers. One way that we accomplish this is by partnering with the Nothing But Nets foundation. The organization began in 2006 when sports writer Rick Reilly saw a need for greater protection against malaria and challenged his readers to donate $10 to send a mosquito net that would protect people in need around the world. Since then, the organization has done an amazing job raising awareness and funds, providing over 12 million bed nets to vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Last month, Mosquito Joe President Lou Schager and Director of Marketing Jayme Sabo joined Nothing But Nets at their annual Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.
Held every year, the Nothing But Nets Leadership Summit gives the organization an opportunity to engage with their biggest supporters and aims to raise awareness as well as introduce attendees to the fundamental aspects of advocacy. The goal for this year’s summit was to urge Congress to maintain and increase funding for critical malaria programs like those of the United Nations, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Speakers at the event included:
- Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
- Rick Reilly, American Sportswriter and Nothing But Nets Co-Founder
- Charlie Webster, TV Host and Campaigner
- Alexandra Daddario, Actress and Celebrity Champion
- Quinn Tivey, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
The speakers did an excellent job providing an intimate look at malaria and how it not only affects populations abroad, but how it can affect us in the United States. Attendees were introduced to a number of different organizations that work with Nothing But Nets to combat other diseases such as AIDS, polio, and measles.
The key lesson learned from the Leadership Summit was to keep the momentum going when it comes to raising awareness and continuing the efforts to protect, as well as eliminate, malaria for populations worldwide. Jayme Sabo described her experience saying, “It was inspiring to see the legislative and advocacy process at work in real time. I was moved by how much we were able to accomplish.”
We’re proud to share that this year’s advocacy goal was achieved. You can read the details here. Last year, Mosquito Joe raised over $25,000 for Nothing But Nets, which means we sent 2,500 life-saving bed nets. This year, to bring the lessons we learned at the Summit to life, we’re going to keep that momentum going. Not only are we proud to partner with Nothing But Nets again, we’re aiming even higher!
For 2018, our goal is $40,000, and we’re starting right now. Click here to help us with our MoJo Bites Back campaign! Just $10 can send a net and save a life, plus all donations up to $5,000 will be matched by us. Donate today and DOUBLE your impact!
We continue to be inspired by the generosity and support of our employees, franchisees and of course, our customers. We look forward to that continuing in 2018! Thank you for making this the great company it is.