NASHVILLE, Tenn. | The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign is asking United Methodists to support a lifesaving cause by hosting a malaria house party for World Malaria Day, April 25, 2011, or in the months leading up to the event.
"Ending malaria-related deaths is a goal that requires the commitment of United Methodists around the globe, but the fight against malaria can start in your own living room," says Bishop Thomas Bickerton, campaign spokesperson. "Hosting a house party is an easy way to support World Malaria Day."
A house party is a cause-oriented fundraising event that usually takes place in a private home – although it also may be held in a church or some other community setting. There are countless ways to host a party: as a small get-together, a formal dinner, a potluck, or as part of a New Year's, Super Bowl, or Valentine's Day party – but hosts should invite people who already have an interest in the cause and in learning more about it.
The goal is for each house party to raise at least $1,000 (i.e., 10 guests, each giving a $100 gift, or 25 guests, each giving $40), and for party-givers to invite friends, family, and neighbors to host their own parties, so that each house party generates an additional 10 parties.
Even if some parties fall short of the giving goal, all will make a difference, providing health training, life-saving medicine, and mosquito nets to children and their families in Africa.
To make hosting a party easy, an online party planning kit has been created that contains everything needed to stage a successful party: invitations, party tips, printable materials, checklists, a video, etc. Guests can even make their donations online.
"More than $13 million in cash and pledges has been raised so far in the Imagine No Malaria effort, but more is needed," said Bishop Bickerton. "We are in this fight. We will win it; we will save millions of children's lives, making sure these smiling faces see a bright future."
About Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church to eliminate death and suffering from malaria in Africa by 2015. With a goal of raising $75 million to improve health infrastructure and empower a sustainable victory over the disease, Imagine No Malaria is our opportunity to rethink how we reach beyond our church, opening doors to those who need it most. For more information visit www.ImagineNoMalaria.org.