Locals raising money to send mosquito nets to Sierra Leone
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A local man is trying to raise money to send mosquito nets to Africa to help fight malaria.
Organizers said many in Sierra Leone communities are dying from malaria, especially children and these nets are one way to protect them.
Joseph Trenkenschuh is an organizer of the group and said he took a trip to Sierra Leone last year and saw the need first hand.
On Saturday, he hosted a 5-K run at the Yakima Greenway to help raise money. He said they raised about $600 and each net costs about $4.50 so they should be able to buy over 100 nets.
"The long lasting insecticidal nets they're impregnated with chemical unlike your regular malaria nets so when the mosquito lands on the net, it instantly kills it," Trenkenschuh said.
They said they hope to put on more fundraisers in the future to earn more money for the cause. If you're interested in learning more about the group you can visit their website here.