Beat the Bug Walk/Run to benefit Imagine No Malaria

A giant mosquito and members of West Chester UMC invite people to join the Beat the Bug 5k Walk/Run on April 22 to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria.

The Imagine No Malaria Team at the United Methodist Church of West Chester is pleased to announce the First Annual Beat the Bug Run/Walk.  The  will to take place on April 22, 2012 in downtown West Chester at 2 pm and will benefit the Imagine No Malaria, a campaign which seeks to eradicate Malaria in Africa by 2015.

The course route will follow the downtown West Chester course and will begin at the corner of Church and Market streets.  Runners will participate in a 5K course, and walkers will complete a 2K course.    Prizes for the top female and male finishers will be given.

Registration for the race is available online at www.umcwc.org/BeatTheBug  .  Race day registration and packet pick up will be available from 12:30 until 1:50 at the United Methodist Church of West Chester, located at 129 S. High Street, West Chester.  All pre-registered runners and walkers are guaranteed a t-shirt and goodie bag.  The race mascot, dubbed Skeeter by a contest held at the church, will be making an appearance on race day.

The Imagine No Malaria initiative seeks to eradicate malaria in Africa by 2015.  The campaign is more than just a fight against a disease that kills children and destroys families. It’s a movement to make real change in the world.  The campaign has four major components – Prevention, Treatment, Education and Communication – to empower people to be part of the solution and give them the tools to fight this disease.   As part of this campaign, insecticide-treated bed nets are distributed and local workers are trained to teach their communities about the disease and to help properly install the nets.

The team at the WC UMC began raising money and awareness for the Imagine No Malaria campaign in June 2011.  Imagine No Malaria and other organization are making a difference in this fight, and it was recently announced that the malaria-related death toll in Africa has been reduced.  At the beginning of this fund-raising effort, every 45 seconds an African child died of malaria, and recently this improved to every 60 seconds.

For more information about the Imagine no malaria campaign, please visit www.imaginenomalaria.org.

Read about the Nothing But Spokes Bike Ride (184 miles), June 17-24, to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria: http://www.epaumc.org/news/stories/nothing-but-spokes.