School and partner raise $2K for mosquito nets
Kingston Christian School (KCS) and the Oxford Learning Centre Kingston teamed up for a silent student art auction in support of BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group for NET Kawempe Campaign 2009.
The initiative furthered the KCS’s theme for the year, “Jesus Let Us Be Your Face,” says principal Karl Reid.
“We are always looking for fundraising for our own initiatives to operate the school, so we were looking at ways to raise money for something other than ourselves,” says Reid.
KCS parent Nancy D’Aoust had met the BUY-A-NET founder and suggested the school get involved in fundraising for mosquito nets to prevent malaria in Africa.
“(We) thought this would be an excellent opportunity for the children to really have a part in making a difference in the world,” says D’Aoust.
The school partnered with the local Oxford Learning Centre, which has an annual art auction where student art is sold to raise money.
KCS students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 made a painting on canvas that was auctioned for a minimum of $6, the cost of one mosquito net. The 80 KCS student paintings all featured a flower theme, from kindergarteners’ finger painting to older student taking on a section of a flower for more detailed work.
“When it was introduced to the students in their art classes they were really eager to do the art work knowing that it was going to something other than themselves,” says Reid. Many students continued their art class work during recess or lunch break, he adds.
“They were quite pleased with what they were doing,” says D’Aoust. “I’d like to think that the kids really clued in to what they were doing and the benefit of it.”
The silent auction was held April 1-5 at Chapters in Kingston. They raised more than $2,000, enough to net about seven villages in the Kawempe district villages of Uganda.
D’Aoust says local radio and SNAP! magazine coverage helped with the sales, but the strongest supporters for purchasing the items were the KCS families.
“It was a new venture and certainly one we will re-visit and discuss for next year,” says Reid, adding the school also takes part in Operation Christmas Child so having a spring outward fundraiser is good timing.
According to BUY-A-NET, a registered charitable organization, every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria. A $6 bed net protects a family for up to five years from malaria.
Learn more about malaria prevention through mosquito nets and how to get involved at www.buyanet.ca.