Swim for Malaria

This past weekend (actually this Saturday) the swim team hosted a swim for (or I guess technically against) Malaria. It was our goal to raise money to donate that would be used to provide African peoples with bed netting to protect them from mosquitoes while they are sleeping.

I'm amazed to find that in this time of hi-tech and advanced solutions to many of our world's problems and diseases it comes down to something as simple as $5 netting to eliminate a large portion of the spread of Malaria.

The cost of curing AIDS per person is considerably higher than this $5 fee and can save a great many number of people. Now I'm not mentioning this as a plug to have you all donate money (although you can if you want to) but I came across another really simple solution to saving the world from diseases that we don't need to be spreading.

For $3 you can buy this reusable straw that can filter up to 185 gallons of water and can make water drinkable without the risk of typhoid and diarrhea. It is called lifestraw in case you want to look it up.

Now I don't know about the rest of you, but to me this seems like an incredible idea. While it may be hard to cure the water, why not just find a way to be able to drink it anyway. Brilliant! Now as of now, these straws are not currently available (I think they will be in early 2006) but I would be completely willing to have s swim-a-ton in contaminated water as long as I had one of these in my mouth. Anyone with me??

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Posted by: Britt
Posted on: December 4, 2005 04:55 PM

I wonder how effective these would be. I mean it seems like a good idea, but simply drinking out of a straw would not be a long-term solution, but I understand where you are coming from. When I was Key Club president in HS, we did Swim for Diabetes each year at the University of Rio Grande and it was so much fun. Glad you volunteered for a worthy cause!

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Posted by: Maria Yelich
Posted on: December 4, 2005 10:17 PM

Hm... I wonder if the straw will sell when it is finally available. Don't you ever get grossed out by all the nastiness in pools? I loved swimming, but some of the pools I swam at for meets were simply disgusting. Techniques to improve their cleanliness would be wonderful.

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