Monday, September 14, 2009
Malaria Day On Paltalk Tomorrow
Recording artist Melinda Doolittle will be the featured guest during Paltalk's Malaria Day, tomorrow, September 15 from 11 AM-5 PM New York time as Paltalk raises money to fight Malaria.
Melinda finished as the third place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. She first learned about malaria and Malaria No More on the first “Idol Gives Back” charity special in 2007.
In June 2007, Melinda traveled to Zambia with First Lady Laura Bush and Malaria No More to distribute life-saving bed nets and raise awareness.
Her debut CD, Coming Back to You, was released on February 3, 2009. In its first month, the CD sold over 30,000 copies.
When fans buy the album through her website, www.MelindaDoolittle.com, Melinda donates part of the proceeds to Malaria No More.
Melinda’s fan base has embraced her support of Malaria No More, running marathons and sending bed nets instead of flowers to wish her luck at concerts.
On September 26, Melinda will sing the national anthem at the Petit Le Mans race (part of the American Le Mans Series) in Atlanta, GA to raise awareness for Malaria No More and the “Miles To End Malaria” program with the Patron Highcroft race team.
Melinda has spoken to countless youth groups, conferences and news organizations about Malaria No More and how every person can help end malaria deaths by getting involved and getting the word out.
Melinda, who will be live on Paltalk.com at 2 PM New York time September 15 has just released a new album, Coming Back To You, available at www.melindadoolittle.com A portion of the proceeds goes to Malaria No More.
Also joining us to raise money and awareness for the fight to eradicate malaria will be Lance Laifer, co-founder of Hedge Funds vs Malaria and a member of the board of AVM Software, Paltalk's parent company. Lance helped organize the first Hedge Funds vs. Malaria event in 2005 in New York City - a conference that has been repeated each year ever since.
He is putting his efforts into this cause because of the enormous global toll malaria has on communities worldwide More than 500 million estimated cases are recorded annually and several million people die from malaria each year. Lance will be our guest at 11 AM New York time.
He will be followed at noon by Richard Tren, director of the Washington D.C.-based pro-DDT lobby group, Africa Fighting Malaria. He was instrumental in founding AFM and moved to Washington to raise awareness and funds after serving as an independent environmental economist based in Johannesburg where he researched the issue of water in South Africa, a water-poor country.
Robert Mather, the guest at 1 PM New York time, established the Against Malaria Foundation in 2004. AMF is now the largest malaria advocacy group in the world. All of the funds it raises is used to buy mosquito netting - at the world's lowest prices - to save the lives of people in Africa.
At 3 PM, Scott Case will be joining us. Case is an entrepreneur, technologist and philanthropist focused on combining his skills to improve people's lives. Scott's most recent adventure was as founder and president of a nonprofit called Direct Help whose mission was to help nonprofit leaders implement successful online communications and fundraising programs. Direct Help was acquired by Network for Good and currently Scott serves as Vice Chairman, Nonprofit Services.
And finally, our guest at 4 PM New York time will be Dr. Mary Galinski, who established the Emory Vaccine Center's Malaria Research Program in 1999.This highly successful program has grown rapidly in its first 10 years at the EVC. Dr. Galinski and her colleagues have been known internationally for their discoveries of several vaccine candidates, basic studies of simian malaria models, and investigations of the molecular mechanisms that underpin antigenic variation.
In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Galinski is an internationally recognized leader in efforts to raise awareness of the enormity of the malaria burden worldwide, and advocate for the increase of expanded research resources, interdisciplinary collaborative linkages, and the development and implementation of effective solutions to this major global health problem. Dr. Galinski has also emphasized the need to train the next generation of malaria experts, and has encouraged the participation of educators and health leaders worldwide in this effort. Towards achieving these goals, Dr. Galinski founded the Malaria Foundation International in 1992, with the mission to facilitate the development and implementation of solutions to the health, economic and social problems caused by malaria.