Anna Ketola — a Meadowdale High School senior — is launching a campaign to save lives from malaria in Africa.
In partnership with Go the Second Mile, a non-profit in Shoreline, Ketola is trying to increase awareness and raise money to provide mosquito nets for a community in Rwanda that houses more than 80 orphans and 60 widows. According to a recent study, malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds; 90 percent of those deaths occur in Africa.
As a part of her senior project, Ketola will jump-start fundraising efforts by participating in a two mile run/walk event on March 13. The event is open to the public and will take place at 10 a.m. at Lynndale Park.
Ketola has already made trips to Mexico and Nicaragua. “It completely changes your world view and gives you perspective that you can’t learn in History classes,” she said.
A donation of $10 to the “What’s Their Net Worth?” campaign provides one mosquito net. Ketola’s goal is to raise $1,000 by March 15. If you’d like to help, Go to the Second Mile homepage, and click the ChipIn! button.