Henry Russell, a sixth grader at Gettysburg Area Middle School, will hold his second annual bake sale to end malaria on Sunday, September 25th, from noon until four, or until sold out, in the South East corner of Lincoln Square (near the Blue and Gray restaurant).
“I get a lot of mosquito bites,” Henry explained, “but here, we don’t have to worry about malaria. Many kids are not that lucky.”
Exactly a year ago, Henry held his first bake sale to beat malaria raising nearly one thousand dollars, far surpassing his goal of $250. This year, he’s hard at work in the kitchen, hoping to top last year’s earnings. Henry is making cosmic brownies, gluten-free coconut macaroons, iced pumpkin cookies, carrot cake muffins, and double chocolate chip cookies.
Henry is donating all bake sale proceeds to United to Beat Malaria, formerly Nothing But Nets, the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting to end malaria. Malaria is a preventable disease yet it claims a child’s life every minute. United to Beat Malaria provides bed nets to families at risk, a simple and highly effective tool to protect kids from mosquito bites that transmit malaria.
United to Beat Malaria also supports research and provide at-home medical visits for people with malaria. Every ten dollars donated to the organization can diagnose and treat one person suffering from malaria. Every hundred dollars buys bed nets for forty children, so they don’t catch the disease at all.
A rain date for this event is scheduled in the same location for Sunday, October 9th, noon to four.