Malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 60 seconds and an effort underway in Iowa this week aims to help bring some relief from the mosquito-borne disease. Reverend Katie Dawson, of Cedar Rapids, is one of the state’s organizers for the United Methodist Church’s “Imagine No Malaria” campaign.
“We are very active in Africa and our brothers and sisters there have asked us to join them in this fight,” Reverend Dawson says. “As the Iowa United Methodist Church, we are trying to raise $2-million to save 200,000 lives from malaria.” This week’s effort revolves around a statewide pancake breakfast, being served in dozens of churches and community halls across Iowa.
“We know it’s very simple to make a difference,” Dawson says. “Ten dollars buys a net that will cover and protect a family or $10 can also provide the funds to diagnose and treat malaria. A very little amount of money makes a huge difference.” About 120 Methodist churches across Iowa are taking part in this week’s pancake breakfasts in 87 locations over four days — Thursday through Sunday.
“This is the kickoff for our Iowa effort,” she says. “We’re going to be working on this for the next year as churches across the state get involved. This is one way we can make a big impact and let the whole state know that we are engaged in an effort, we’re committed to it and we’re going to make a difference.” Learn more about the project and find a pancake breakfast location near you via the website: www.inmiowa.org/pancake
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City