NEW YORK, March 19 American Idol and FOX announced thatthis year's Idol Gives Back, airing Wednesday, April 9 (7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT)on FOX, will raise awareness and funds to fight malaria in Africa for thesecond year in a row as part of its star-studded event.
Malaria No More is honored to once again be named a beneficiary of IdolGives Back, which last year raised more than $76 million, including $9 millionfor Malaria No More and over $8 million for other malaria-related causes.
In 2007, funds raised for Malaria No More by Idol fans and corporatesponsor ExxonMobil provided life-saving bed nets to more than one millionmothers and children in Angola, Mali, Madagascar, Uganda and Zambia.
Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that claims over onemillion lives every year; an African child dies every 30 seconds of thedisease.
Malaria No More and Idol stars have worked closely to combat malaria overthe last year. In June, Melinda Doolittle and Malaria No More joined FirstLady Laura Bush in Zambia to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets.Last month, 2007 Idol winner Jordin Sparks joined President and Mrs. Bush inGhana to perform and highlight malaria-control efforts.
Former Idol finalist Elliott Yamin traveled to Angola this month to seemalaria programs sponsored by Malaria No More and ExxonMobil, a sponsor ofIdol Gives Back 2007.
"I was shocked to learn of the devastation caused by malaria," saidSparks. "It's incredible what a difference a simple mosquito net can make inthe life of a child."
"Idol Gives Back will let Americans know what they can do to help in thefight against malaria," said Kate Campana, Managing Director of Malaria NoMore. "When a $10 bed net saves a life, every Idol fan can be a hero."
In addition to Malaria No More, Idol Gives Back will raise funds for theChildren's Defense Fund, The Global Fund, Make It Right, Save the Children andthe Children's Health Fund.
19 Entertainment/Jive Records artist Jordin Sparks and former AmericanIdol finalists Melinda Doolittle and Elliott Yamin are available forinterviews upon request. Please contact Martin Edlund at 212 710 5891 orMartin.Edlund@malarianomore.org.
About Malaria No More
Malaria No More's mission is simple: to end deaths due to malaria. MalariaNo More works to raise the profile of the disease among the public,policymakers, and businesses, while engaging the private sector to providelife-saving mosquito nets and other critical interventions to families inAfrica. For more information please visit www.MalariaNoMore.org.
About Idol Gives Back
The brainchild of Simon Fuller, Idol Gives Back has been recognized as alife-changing program, earning praise from many of the world's best knownfigures including President George W. Bush, HRH Prince Charles and BritishPrime Minister Gordon Brown. Last season, Idol Gives Back garnered aprestigious Governor's Award Emmy and raised more than $76 million forcharity. The star-studded special featured performances from the American Idolstage, where Ryan Seacrest hosted alongside judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abduland Simon Cowell.
SOURCE Malaria No More