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Friday, April 25, 2008

World Malaria Day: Diego Gutierrez Leads the Way for Nothing But Nets

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to his team at Nothing But Nets.

The 2007 MLS Humanitarian of the Year, Diego Gutierrez, has provided his support to raise awareness about an important health problem on the African Continent.

Last year, I interviewed him for Soccerlens. Here is an excerpt about his December 2007 trip to Mali with his wife, Ginna, and Dwayne De Rosario of the Houston Dynamo:
I was introduced to this issue by a friend who wondered why soccer (football) as a sport, was not involved with this serious issue. I didn’t have an answer, so after getting educated on the issue, I took it upon myself to get our team, our league, our sport involved against the biggest killer of children in the world. As a sport, soccer (football) transcends languages, countries, cultures. It is a massive tool to get the word out. Our experience in Mali was fantastic. My wife, Dwayne and I were just humbled and honored to take part in such a massive and comprehensive health campaign. We took part in helping 3 million kids get vaccinations and receive bed nets against malaria. To be able to watch the distribution and document the campaign with be a huge help looking forward towards 2008. We are more passionate now than we’ve ever been, and we anticipate this year we can really make a move against this devastating disease.

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