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March 25, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Sounders FC launches charity campaign

-An announcement from the team:

Sounders FC Launch Campaign to Buy Bed Nets to Prevent Malaria

RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Sounders FC will launch a Bed Net fundraising campaign by inviting fans to make a donation at Saturday’s Sounders FC match at the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. Fans can contribute at ticket gates, the Pro Shop at Qwest Field or through soundersfc.com. Donations go directly toward the purchase, distribution and education about the proper use of a bed net, which can prevent malaria. The month-long campaign will culminate on World Malaria Day on April 25, 2009.

“Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria,” said Sounders FC majority owner Joe Roth. “The Nothing But Nets drive provides our organization an opportunity to build awareness and raise money for a preventable disease that impacts our world. We challenge our fans and supporters to join us in the campaign.”

Fans that make a donation during the campaign are automatically entered into a drawing to win a trip for two to the 2009 MLS All-Star Game in Salt Lake City in July.

Malaria infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million — one person dies about every 30 seconds. Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. Over 3,000 Sub-Saharan African children die each day from malaria.

Saturday, March 28

Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake at the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field

Gates open at 6 p.m.

Monday, March 30, 2-3:10 p.m.

Nothing But Nets Workshop and meet/greet with Sounders FC player Sanna Nyassi

Cherry Crest Elementary School

12400 NE 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA

Wednesday, April 1, 2:00 p.m.

Nothing But Nets Fundraising Rally at Westlake Park

401 Pine Street, Seattle, WA

Join Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid and midfielder Sanna Nyassi at Westlake Park. Fans will have a chance to take a free kick against Sanna, in exchange for a small donation.

Saturday, April 25 – World Malaria Day

Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes at the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field

Gates open at 6 p.m.(MORE)

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