TV star and TV special bring increased awareness to fight against malaria
Holy Caf-Pow, Batman: Pauley Perrette has joined The United Methodist Church's battle against malaria!
Perrette plays the hugely popular Abby Sciuto on the hit CBS-TV show, NCIS. Like her character, the 42-year-old Perrette is a passionate advocate for charity causes (more than 30, in the case of the real-life version). In generously agreeing to share her talent and celebrity on behalf of the UMC's Imagine No Malaria campaign – to raise both awareness and money to fight the disease – Perrette joins a growing community of supporters working together to reduce deaths caused by malaria.
Her addition to Imagine No Malaria gives the drive as big a dose of adrenaline as there is in one of Sciuto's signature drinks, the caffeine-rich Caf-Pow.
It means, Sciuto fans would no doubt agree, that malaria doesn't stand a fighting chance.
"Every 45 seconds, malaria kills a child in Africa," Perrette says. "Please pray about it, and join me in this global fight against a terrible – but preventable – disease."
Her support for Imagine No Malaria includes starring in several public service announcements, calling for action and generosity in the fight against malaria. (Watch 30-sec. PSA above.)
She also provide the narration for the ministry's upcoming TV special, A Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria. (Watch promo for the special above.)
The program, which will air on many NBC affiliates May 1 (check local listings), documents the daily struggle in Africa against malaria and highlights the work of Imagine No Malaria to wipe out a devastating disease which is killing 2,000 people every single day. The program is presented by the National Council of Churches under the auspices of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, and is produced by United Methodist Communications.
"We are blessed to have the support from an influential celebrity like Pauley Perrette," said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, at right, chairperson of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative. "With World Malaria Day coming up on April 25, this is a great time to get involved, give, and save lives together as we work toward a world with no malaria."
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. Please visit imaginenomalaria.org to learn more.