FINA Announces World Swim Against Malaria

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, January 30. FINA has decided to support the World Swim Against Malaria because malaria is a global problem, and FINA hopes to raise awareness of this through the FINA World Short Course Championships to be held in Manchester.

In 2008, Manchester will play its part to engage people worldwide so they get involved in raising as much money as possible.

1-2.7 million people die of malaria each year. 70 percent of the deaths are children under 5, which equates to 1 child every 30 seconds.

On April 5, the FINA World Championship Pool, which will be built in the MEN Arena especially for this competition, will host a very special World Swim Against Malaria event. Celebrities both from the sporting world and entertainment will swim alongside competition winners and fundraisers to raise awareness of this good cause.

Serco Leisure, official supplier to the Championships is proud to be supporting the event in offering all those that donate to the good cause through the World Swim Against Malaria website a free swim on April 5 in any one of the 42 pools they manage across the UK and Jersey.

World Swim Against Malaria aims to achieve 1 million swimming in order to raise awareness and much needed funds. 100 percent of money raised will go towards purchasing mosquito nets for those people who can't afford them. 20 mosquito nets save 1 life and 1 net costs $5 so every $100 raised saves a life.

Speedo is global partner to the FINA World Swimming Championships and they are supporting this by organizing events around the World.

James Hickman Head of PR for the event, five times world swimming champion, Mancunian and spokesperson for Speedo enthused "We believe everyone should be able to enjoy water, for safety, health and fun. Swimming can provide an accessible and fun way to raise money to help fight Malaria. Speedo supports WSAM because 100 percent of all money raised buys lifesaving nets. Not a penny comes off the top."

Special thanks to Manchester 2008 for contributing this report.

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